The Supreme Court of Pakistan today summoned the interior and foreign secretaries and advocate general of Punjab in the human smuggling suo motu case.

During the hearing of the case, chief justice observed that human smuggling gangs are operating from Gujrat, Lala Musa, Sia-e-Alamgir and Mandi Bahauddin.

"The crime is not being tackled adequately as there are issues of coordination between the institutions," he remarked.

Director General Federal Investigation Agency Bashir Ahmed Memon admitted that human smuggling is a concerning issue in Gujranwala.

The chief justice then decided to direct Punjab government to set up an FIA office in Gujranwala and Gujrat separately.

A deputy director of Fia informed the chief justice that at least three alleged human smugglers were arrested in raids conducted at Sheikhupura and Mandi Bahauddin today.

On Feb 4, FIA apprehended the central character of a human smuggling network that facilitated illegal transportation of Pakistani nationals, who drowned in a shipwreck off Libya coast on January 31, a deputy director with the agency said Sunday.

As many as 32 Pakistani nationals were aboard the ship that wrecked off Libya coast on January 31.

The prime suspect, Mehboob Shah, was apprehended along with an accomplice, Mudassir, during a raid in Gujrat, said Mufakhir Adeel, deputy director of the FIA.

"Mehboob Shah is Gaddi Nasheen (administrative head) of Darbar Baba Faqeer Shah, who had sent deceased of shipwreck incident to Libya," the official said.