ISLAMABAD - In the camel jockeys case, Supreme Court on Friday directed the Interior Secretary to register case and initiate action against the immigration officials of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) who were involved in illegal trafficking of children to Middle East. The court also asked him to submit compliance report in this regard. While giving his observation during the proceeding of the case, Chief Justice remarked, We are a sovereign country, those who are involved in this heinous practice of human trafficking must be punished. He said that media was highlighting the plight of the poor people which enabled the court to take action. Justice Ramday remarked that it was the duty of the government but when no body bothered to take action, courts intervened but (so-called) scholars termed it judicial activism. Chief Justice said that according to the Article 9 of the Constitution it was the duty of the state to protect and safeguard the life of its citizens. Shabbir Ahmad, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Interior, apprised the three-member bench of the SC that the ministry had received $1.14 million from UAE government and sent some 810 cheques to Child Protection Bureau Punjab as compensation for children who got injuries during the camel race in UAE. CJ asked him regarding criteria of distribution of cheques, he replied that a board comprising FIA, UN and Interior Ministry officials supervised the whole matter. To a query of the court, he replied that no action had yet been taken against any official of the FIA yet. Justice Ramday remarked that only the poor were booked but influential were roaming free. Advocate General Punjab told the bench that cheques were collected but there was no mention of the whereabouts of the victim families. He said that the sub committee of the Cabinet pointed out a number of irregularities and Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif sacked the Child Protection Bureau Punjabs Chairperson Dr Faiza and directed the Chief Secretary Punjab to probe into the matter. He said that victims were more than 15,000 in number while only 810 cheques were issued for compensation. The court also ordered both the federal and the Punjab governments to evolve a mechanism for the delivery of cheques to the families of children, who were taken to Arab countries for using them in camel race. The court has adjourned the case till 6 August with observation that culprits should be brought to the book.