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FIA arrests 7 Iran nationals from Turbat for possessing ‘fraudulent’ Pakistani passports

December 18, 2018

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Arrested suspects shifted to Quetta for further interrogation, where cases have been registered against them. —Photo provided by author
Arrested suspects shifted to Quetta for further interrogation, where cases have been registered against them. —Photo provided by author
Arrested suspects shifted to Quetta for further interrogation, where cases have been registered against them. —Photo provided by author
Arrested suspects shifted to Quetta for further interrogation, where cases have been registered against them. —Photo provided by author

Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Tuesday announced to have arrested seven Iranian nationals from Balochistan's Turbat city for possessing Pakistani passports and CNICs allegedly obtained through fraudulent means, DawnNewsTV reported.

The Iranian nationals were arrested by the FIA at Turbat airport while arriving from Bahrain on Pakistani passports, said a senior FIA official.

The arrested foreign nationals have been shifted to Quetta for further interrogation, while cases have been registered against them. Moreover, the suspects were produced before Judicial Magistrate Abdul Rehman Langove in Quetta who sent them on physical remand.

The FIA official revealed that the Iranian nationals have allegedly been travelling to and from Bahrain on ‘fraudulent’ Pakistani passports since 2014.

In July 2018, Bahrain police had arrested some ‘Pakistanis’ over charges of committing a crime and sent them to a prison in Manama.

When Pakistan embassy's consular visited the jail on September 13, 2018, it unearthed that the arrested suspects were actually Iranian nationals possessing Pakistani passports, the FIA official said.

Subsequently, an alert was issued to all airports in the country and the details of the suspects were shared with all relevant authorities.

When on December 13, the seven accused landed at Turbat airport, they were immediately arrested by the FIA.

The accused belong to Iran’s Sistan-Baluchestan province. They were issued Pakistani passports and CNICs in Gwadar and Turbat, the official said.

"Arrests in Immigration and Passport Department, and National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) are expected in the aftermath of the arrest of these Iranian nationals," he added.