Islamabad: Illegal immigrants & bogus ID cards
ISLAMABAD: Senior Civil Judge Mehmood Haroon Monday rejected the bail petition of two members of a band of illegal immigrants that ran a full-fledged business of preparing bogus identity cards and other documents for their ilk. The court ordered the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to track down those who were issued the counterfeit documents.
A First Information Report (FIR) vide 13/2011 dated 28-05-2011 was registered against Ibrahim Mohammad (Egyptian) and Bilal Shafiq Alias Noorullha (Syrian) under sections 13 and 14 of Foreigners Act 1946 and 468 and 471 of Pakistan Penal Code.
Tipped off, FIA registered a case against the alleged foreigners on 28-05-2011. The preliminary interrogation found that both the accused lived in Attock since 2004 along with families without any legal documents. Both Mohammad and Noorullah came to Islamabad on May 29 to hand their-made identity cards over to their clients where FIA nabbed them.
FIA interrogated the nabbed immigrants and arrested three more of their accomplices named Sayam ud Din (Egyptian) Abdullha bin Muhammad (Egyptian) and Ahmed (Syrian) on June 1, 2011.
FIA Monday produced the arrested band members before the trial court after their judicial remand and informed the court that Ibrahim and Noorullha established the black business of counterfeit identity cards for illegal immigrants in the country.
The official informed the court that during interrogation, the accused Ibrahim revealed that most of his customers are Afghan and Uzbek nationals who pretend to be Pakistanis with bogus identity cards.
The official feared that they might be involved in illegal and sinister activities.
The defense counsel Monday submitted a bail plea professing his clients’ innocence. He denied all the allegations against the accused and argued that his clients stayed legally in the country and an extension for their stay had been sought from the relevant department.
He said that his clients ran a small-scale business of household items and were law-abiding persons. There is not a single case registered anywhere in the country against my clients during their years long stay in Pakistan, claimed the counsel. He said the accused were wrongly implicated in the case.
However, FIA legal advisor claimed that the two accused had admitted to the interrogators that they stayed illegally in Pakistan. FIA also seized a bogus identity card from one of the accused during the course of arrest, said the official.
According to FIA, Noorullha disclosed that he had links with all the illegal foreigners scattered all over the country. He made them fake identity cards and passports. FIA raided the house these two fugitives lived and seized more than 45 illegal identity cards, besides lamination machines used in preparing cards and other documents.
FIA on Monday produced both the detainee foreigners before the court and informed it that they worked in connivance with other foreigners in the country who are yet to be arrested.
The agency informed the court that it had arrested another three ring members and were being interrogated.
Subsequently, the court rejected the bail plea and directed the agency to track down the illegal immigrants in the country and in particular those who were provided with the documents by the band. The court adjourned the case till June 27.