SIALKOT

However, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) could not produce official record of the moveable and immoveable properties of hundreds of human traffickers and notorious proclaimed offenders wanted in a large number of cases in Gujranwala Division.

It remained unable to submit the complete official record before the local courts regarding the properties of the human traffickers sealed or auctioned by the FIA. It could not provide the details to the local magisterial court of Judicial Magistrate Muhammad Jamil Bhatti in Gujranwala about the FIA cases, inquiries and challans pending in the local courts. The court had sought these details from Deputy Director FIA Gujranwala Sikandar Hayyat Malik, who could not provide these details to the court.

According to the court officials, the local courts had issued the arrest warrants of the thousands of the human traffickers in separate cases during the last six months, out of which the FIA got declared a few accused as proclaimed offenders from the court. The court officials disclosed that the FIA had not yet completed the legal procedure of getting 3,000 to 4,000 accused human traffickers declared as POs from the court.

Officials said that the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has arrested 89 notorious human traffickers including proclaimed offenders named in FIA’s Red Book, during a crackdown in Gujranwala Division during June 2015.

According to Deputy Director FIA Gujranwala Sikandar Hayyat Malik, it has recovered Rs24 million from these human traffickers which they extorted from the people by showing them the golden dreams of their lucid future abroad especially in Europe, Turkey, Iran, Muscat, Greece, Spain and other Gulf States illegally.

He said that FIA arrested 44 old human traffickers-cum-notorious proclaimed offenders besides arresting main accused Zafar Iqbal alias Bholla from Mandi Bahauddin. He said that the FIA registered 43 new cases of human trafficking in June 2015 and arrested all the accused nominated in these cases.

He said that it had fined Rs1.8 million to four accused for stealing gas and six big accused for electricity pilferage in Sialkot.

TEAMS FORMED: Gepco City Circle Gujranwala has formed 24 special teams for recovering Rs48 million from the families of dead defaulters in its 24 sub-divisions.

According to Superintending Engineer Zahid Javaid, the circle has yet to recover Rs11.2 million from the local defaulters. He said that the cases of the chronic defaulters would soon be referred to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) if they not paid their outstanding arrears. He said that the teams were busy recovering at the sub division level as well.

BRIBE: The Anti Corruption Establishment (ACE) arrested Rana Abdul Ghafar, former secretary union council Kopra Kalan-Sambrial, while taking Rs3,000 as bribe from one Ghulam Abbas for late registration of a birth case. ACE has sent the accused behind bars.