FIA reports 387 human smugglers in Punjab
ISLAMABAD: The Dawn News reported on Wednesday that the Balochistan chapter of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has asked the federal government to move against 387 people in Punjab who are believed to be involved in human smuggling.
According to sources, the names and particulars of 387 agents allegedly involved in human trafficking have been sent to the Interior Ministry and the FIA director general.
The list contains the names and photographs of three ‘most wanted’ traffickers.
A ‘Red book’ compiled by the Federal Investigation Agency last year also carried the names of the agents.
The three ‘most wanted’ are Imran Ashraf, Shaukat Cheema and Shahid Gondal.
Imran Ashraf of Gujrat District is wanted by FIA’s anti-human trafficking wing in Quetta in three cases registered in 2007. The man in his 20s operates in the Pakistan-Iran sector and has been declared a proclaimed offender.
Shaukat Cheema, son of Mohammad Sharif, of Paliyan in Mandi Bahauddin is a proclaimed offender in five cases of human trafficking registered in 2008.
Shahid Gondal, son of Allah Ditta, from Begowal in Sialkot District, is a proclaimed offender in four cases registered in 2008.
Balochistan Federal Investigation Agency Director Mohammad Saleem Sheikh said he was waiting for a response from the authorities after sending the list.
“Although Balochistan has a long border, no people from the province are involved in human smuggling and a majority of the agents involved in trafficking are from Punjab,” he said.
A large number of Pakistanis are languishing in detention camps in Turkey and other countries after having been captured while trying to illegally enter Europe.