Three human smugglers arrested


LAHORE: Directorate Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Lahore arrested three persons on Thursday in connection with human smuggling and visa fraud in different areas of the city.

The three arrested suspects, including an absconder Umar Shahbaz, Mehak Babar and Ahsan Elahi used to lure people with promises of overseas employment and extract substantial amounts from them.

Absconder Umar Shahbaz extracted Rs272,000 from a citizen on the pretext of sending him to Dubai. The female suspect also received lakhs of rupees from various people in different cities by falsely promising to send them to Canada. She had already been booked in three cases. Ahsan Elahi, another suspect, fabricated bank statements for obtaining a visa at the Turkish embassy, and he was arrested on a complaint from the embassy. According to an FIA spokesman, the arrests were made by a squad formed by Deputy Director Riaz Khan as part of Anti-Human Trafficking Circle’s crackdown on human smugglers.

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