Both accused in FIA custody: Photo provided by FIA Quetta

Syed Ali Shah:

QUETTA: In a significant operation led by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Immigration at Quetta Airport, two passengers attempting to travel abroad using forged documents were apprehended and subsequently offloaded. The individuals, identified as Farhan Ahmed and Parvez Muhammad from Gujranwala and Sheikhupura, respectively, were bound for Italy via Fly Dubai Flight FZ346.

The accused’s attempt to use a counterfeit resident card for Italy was exposed during the inspection. Further scrutiny of their passports revealed fake stamps indicating arrivals and departures from abroad. Intriguingly, the investigation uncovered that the stamped entries had no corresponding travel records in the official system.

Accused Paid Rs.3.7m To Purchase Forged Documents

In a breakthrough revelation, initial findings suggest that the accused had procured the forged documents through agents, paying a staggering total of Rs 37 lakh for the fake resident cards. This brings attention to the growing concern of illegal immigration networks exploiting individuals for exorbitant sums.

Following the operation, Farhan Ahmed and Parvez Muhammad have been transferred to the Anti-Human Trafficking Circle in Quetta for additional investigations and legal proceedings. The FIA emphasizes the need for enhanced vigilance at airports to curb such illicit activities and protect the integrity of the immigration system.

FIA Urges Citizens To Remain Cautious

The spokesperson for the FIA urged citizens to remain cautious and report any suspicious activities to contribute to the ongoing efforts to safeguard national security. This operation highlights the agency’s commitment to tackling illegal immigration and human trafficking, ensuring the robustness of immigration controls, and maintaining the nation’s security.

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