An assistant director of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) was arrested Thursday on the charge that he sexually harassed an Afghan national at the Islamabad airport.

A First Information Report (FIR) was registered and the agency also suspended the official. The developments came after Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar took notice of the incident and ordered a detailed probe into it.

According to the FIR, the complainant accused the official of sexually harassing her at the airport when she, along with her sister, arrived there from Afghanistan.

She alleged that they were taken by FIA officials to a secluded room at the airport where they were made to wait for five hours. Later, the officials removed the victim's sister from the room on the pretext of stamping her visa. Subsequently, the accused entered the room and attempted to assault the complainant.

The complainant said she managed to flee the scene after raising an alarm.

She added that other airport officials at the scene had laughed at her plight instead of coming to her aid.

The complainant said that she and her sister had been detained for not having the phone number of the hotel where they were supposed to stay in.

Police officials said they had arrested the accused after examining the CCTV footage of the airport and confirming the victim's account.

The arrested official will be produced before a magistrate on Friday.

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