LAHORE - About 13 inquiries have been lying pending with the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA)s Anti-Human Trafficking Cell (AHTC) for the last one and a half years against a visa consultancy firm alleging that its owner minted millions of rupees from different people for immigration purpose on the pretext of visa consultancy, say sources in the FIA . As per the allegations levelled in the applications given to the FIA , a firm owner namely Malik Muhammad Asim had been accused of receiving money from the applicants to facilitate them for immigration to UK and Canada, and not for the consultancy. The amount of the fees mentioned in the applications cannot be received for consultancy, said an FIA officer seeking anonymity. He said that as there was no law in the country to check visa consultants, so different people got engaged in this heinous crime of human smuggling under the cover of consultancy. In an inquiry No-V/153/2009, complainant Tahir Mehmood alleged that he had given 2,000 pound sterling to Malik Asim to send him to UK, but after passage of enough time neither the accused sent him to UK nor gave him his money back. In an inquiry no E/549/2009 one Ziaul Haq complained that accused received Rs 22,50,000 for sending him UK. Nadeem Sadiq claimed in his application that he paid Rs 1,51,000 to Asim Malik who promised to send him to Canada. An inquiry in this regard is under process under No-E/369/2010. In an inquiry No-E/484/2010 Sabir Butt maintained that he paid Rs 8,10,000 to firm owner Asim Malik for Canada, but neither he was sent to Canada nor paid the money back. In inquiry No-E/562/2010 Waqar Ahmad alleged that he paid Rs 2,75,000 to Malik for UK. Similarly in inquiries: V/168/2010, E/418/2010, E748/2010, E/749/2010, E/750/2010, E/768/2010, E/783/2010, and E/785/2010, complainants Muhammad Waqas, Ehsan Iqbal, Asif Ali Burni, Shahid Mehmood, M Naeem Akhtar, Ehsan Amin, Muhammad Arshad and Muhammad Adeem in their applications stated that they paid Malik Asim Rs 65,000, Rs 88,00,000, 15,000 pound sterling, Rs 1,41,000, Rs 2,12,000, 60,000 pound sterling, Rs 2,50,000 and Rs 4,00,000 respectively for sending them to UK and Canada. When contacted, FIA Punjab Director Zafar Ahmad Qureshi said said, I dont know how many inquiries are under process against the said firm. I have issued instructions to all the deputy directors to speed up their work and finalise the inquiries at the earliest as per rules.