Courts convict 852 illegal emigrants arrested by FIA Balochistan in 2021 
File Photo of illegal emigrants apprehended by FIA Balochistan

Courts convict 852 illegal emigrants arrested by FIA Balochistan in 2021 

Syed Ali Shah : 

QUETTA: Courts convicted a total of 852 illegal emmigrants arrested by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Balochistan in 2021. The agency apprehended the illegal emigrants trying to sneak into Iran through unfrequented routes at the border, Abdul Hameed Bhutto, the Director FIA Balochistan told Quetta Voice.

He informed that courts imposed a fine of Rs. 100 million on the accused apprehended by the agency in 2021. “We are in close coordination with other law enforcement agencies in this regard”, Mr. Bhutto mentioned. Similarly, the courts had convicted 681 accused arrested by the FIA and imposed a fine of Rs. 82 million in 2020.

Pakistan shares more than 900km border with Iran

Pakistan shares more than 900kms border with neighboring Iran. Every year, thousands of poverty-hit unemployed people make abortive attempts to illegally cross the border. These poverty-hit Pakistan try to reach Europe through Iran and Turkey. Most of them are caught in the two countries. However, few manage to reach Greece after so many difficulties.

When asked about the interception, Mr. Bhutto mentioned that the FIA has arrested 21 human smuggling facilitators and one human smuggler from Balochistan. The agency had arrested the human smuggler from Sialkot.

“FIA officials making hectic efforts to bring an end to human smuggling”, the Director FIA stated

“FIA officials making hectic efforts to bring an end to human smuggling”, the Director FIA stated. He revealed that 12 vehicles were also confiscated from the accused involved in human smuggling.

FIA Balochistan registered 5 cases under the newly promulgated act i.e. Prevention of Smuggling Migrant Act 2018 in Balochistan. However, 47 human smuggling victims were also identified.

“Despite meager resources, we are trying hard to apprehend illegal emigrants”, Mr. Bhutto stated.

A large number of illegal emigrants have lost their lives during this troubled journey in search of jobs and better life.

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