Seven Iranians remanded in custody for illegally obtaining Pakistani identity cards and passports
A judicial magistrate has returned to prison seven Iranian nationals in a case involving charges of illegally obtaining Pakistani identity cards and passports.
According to the Federal Investigation Agency, the suspects wanted to travel to the Middle East under their false Pakistani identity.
The names of the suspects were not disclosed to the media; however, the FIA in a statement said the arrests were made during raids in different parts of Karachi.
At the start of the hearing, the FIA investigating officer brought the suspects before the court of the Eastern District Judicial Magistrate, Mukesh Kumar.
The OI said computerized national identity cards and Pakistani passports were seized from the suspects, all Iranian nationals. He added that the suspects obtained these documents with the help of Pakistani and Iranian agents and that they planned to travel to Qatar under their false identity.
He said the FIA People’s Anti-Smuggling Circle had been informed that these suspects had recently obtained these identities and were present in the town.
He said the FIA had already launched a crackdown on National Database Registration Authority officials allegedly involved in illegally issuing CNICs to foreigners for bribes.
The judge, after accepting the FIA’s initial report, sent the suspects to jail and ordered the IO to file an indictment against them at the next hearing.
The FIR has been registered against Iranian nationals under the relevant articles of the Aliens Act and the Pakistani Penal Code.
Earlier in September, the court sent two Nadra officials back to jail in a similar case. They were detained for abuse of power and illegal issuance of CNICs.