Karachi, Oct 24 (ANI): Pakistani authorities have arrested seven people involved in extending the visas of Indian nationals without following legal procedures.
The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) arrested seven officials of the Sindh Home Department, Foreigners' Registration Branch and Passport Office Karachi on Friday. The racket was also accused of corruption.
The FIA investigation was conducted after the agency was tipped off by its Anti-Human Trafficking Unit Assistant Director Sohail Faiz about the issuance of fake Indian visas at the passport office, the Nation reports.
According to an FIA official, the passport office in Saddar area was raided, in which two officials, namely Aslam Baig, Habibur Rehman, and a travel agent Mehmood Ali were arrested.
Later a team raided on the Home Department's Passport Section, where Monitoring Cell Superintendent Naseem Siddiqui and stenographer Noor Muhammad Shah were arrested.
According to the report, FIA officials then reached the Foreign Registration Office and nabbed two officials, Sub-Inspector Khursheed and Ghulam Mustafa.
The FIA official said that a stash of documents, including British, Malaysian, Bangladeshi, Indian and Pakistani passports with extended visas and fake credentials, was confiscated during the forays.
According to the report, FIA sources expressed fear that Indian spies might have entered the country with the assistance of these officials, raising serious security threats.
They added that these officials had also links with officials at the Wahgah Border. (ANI)