ISLAMABAD, Jan 7 (APP): Officers of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) briefed Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan here on Thursday about ongoing investigation in cases of Khanani and Kalia, AKD Securities and currency exchange business in the country.
The briefing was given during a high level meeting chaired by the Minister for Interior here.
Director General Federal Investigation Agency, Chairman NADRA, Directors of FIA posted in Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Executive Director State Bank of Pakistan and senior officers of Ministry of Interior attended the meeting.
The participants of the meeting discussed the ongoing campaign of FIA against human smugglers in the country, progress in legal action against the arrested accused, database of human smugglers, FIA case against Khanani and Kalia, Pakistan currency exchange case and AKD Securities.
The meeting was told that in the crackdown, started against human smugglers on the instructions of Interior Minister in November 2015, 598 persons were arrested and cases were at different stages in courts.
The arrested persons include 137 proclaimed offenders and 59 wanted by courts.
The zonal directors of FIA informed the meeting about investigation of deportees in their areas, information collected during the investigation and steps taken by the FIA.
It was told that work was continuing to complete database of human smugglers and blocking of identity cards and passports of arrested human smugglers.
The minister said the campaign against human smugglers was very encouraging and in the new year the campaign would get further momentum.
He said those who were exploiting innocent people and bringing bad name to the country did not deserve any relaxation and effective action should continue without any discrimination.
The meeting appreciated sending back of persons deported to Pakistan from different countries including United States of America, Britain, Australia, Greece, Austria and Bulgaria without verification and by violating the laid down procedure of Interior Ministry.
FIA officials told that fines would be imposed on airlines for violating laws of Pakistan in this connection.
The Interior Minister said no international airlines would be allowed to violate laws of the country.
He instructed that FIA should continue action for implementation of law and action against corrupt elements and no hurdle would be accepted in this regard.
The Interior Minister distributed honorary shields and prizes among officers for showing exemplary performance.
The Interior Minister gave prize of Rs 0.5 million and a shield to Director FIA Punjab Usman Anwar, who was declared officer of the year.
Other officers who won cash prizes of Rs 200,000 each and shields include Deputy Director FIA Gujranwala, four inspectors and sub inspectors.
The minister said the government would continue to encourage those officers who were working hard with determination.