Three Arrested in Lahore in FIA Crackdown on Human Trafficking
In its ongoing crackdown on human trafficking, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) apprehended three individuals in Lahore on Thursday. FIA spokespersons reported that Muhammad Amin, Muhammad Shehbaz, and Muhammad Shaukat Hayat were caught receiving substantial sums of money from citizens by falsely promising to send them abroad without proper visas or licenses.
Muhammad Amin fraudulently obtained Rs2 million for arranging work visas to Italy, while Muhammad Shehbaz deceived a citizen out of Rs3.7 million by promising an Italian work visa through a fraudulent group. Additionally, Muhammad Shaukat Hayat collected Rs560,000 from a citizen under the guise of arranging a work visa for Poland, impersonating a government official from various departments. Investigations are now underway.
Suspect killed in police custody in Rawalpindi
In Manghot, Rawalpindi, an accused was fatally shot by accomplices while in police custody, and three suspects managed to escape on motorcycles. The deceased suspect, Muzamil Shah, was shot during transit as police were transporting him for evidence retrieval in an attempted murder and theft case, despite previous charges of robbery and attempted murder. Sadly, Shah succumbed to his injuries while in the hospital. A search operation recovered an assailant’s motorcycle, but the attackers remain at large, prompting a manhunt led by law enforcement.
Saddar SP Muhammad Nabeel Khokhar has reportedly confirmed the ongoing efforts to bring the attackers to justice, emphasizing the importance of capturing those responsible for the shooting on the police team.
Police Arrest and Baton-Charge Protesters Demanding Rights in Lahore
In Lahore, the police arrested over 100 teachers, lady health workers, and government employees during a protest demanding the restoration of leave benefits, reversal of pension regulation changes, and the cancellation of school privatization plans. The protest, organized by the All Government Employees Grand Alliance (Agega), faced a heavy police presence as they marched from PMG Chowk to Aiwan-i-Adl.
This coalition of 34 organizations representing various government departments, including health and education, has been protesting against the Punjab government and district administration. They are also demanding the release of more than 200 teachers already in jail. Despite arrests and violence, Agega leaders emphasized their determination to continue the fight for their rights, including the withdrawal of leave benefit changes, pension rule amendments, and school privatization decisions.