Islamabad (May 12, 2017): Federal Investigation Agency on Friday arrested an alleged head of illegal organ trade racket along with his three accomplices from Murree.
The FIA raided a hotel in Murree and arrested the alleged ring leader of the racket and his aides. The agency sources said that all the accused were involved in the illegal organ trade. They added that they accused used to bring kidney patients from abroad to Pakistan for their transplantation here.
The sources said that the accused were hiding in Kalash valley in Chitral to avoid arrest following the crackdown launched by the agency on those involved in the illegal organ trade.
It is to be mentioned here that on Tuesday FIA arrested a man from Gujranwala for his involvement in an illegal organ trade gang which was busted during an FIA raid in Lahore last month.
The FIA arrested a middleman, identified as Abdul Majeed, who is allegedly responsible for connecting foreign patients seeking kidney transplants with the suspects arrested earlier, Dr Fawad and Dr Altamash, who were caught red-handed while performing an operation on a patient during the raid.
After arresting the doctors, the FIA said the suspects had been involved in the illegal business of human organ transplantation for the last several years and most of their clients were foreigners, particularly from the Middle East.
FIA officials had claimed that the doctors, with the help of middlemen, used to arrange for the provision of kidneys by exploiting the poor and purchasing their kidneys at a low price, and selling them to foreigners for exorbitant dollar amounts.
The gang has already undertaken several illegal kidney transplants in the past by setting up small operation theatres in rented houses in posh localities. Two foreigners and two organ donors were also arrested during the raid in April and the FIA lodged its first first-ever case under the Human Organ Transplant Act.
The FIA Lahore had expanded the scope of investigations into kidney transplant after busting the gang.
Sources in FIA Lahore had earlier told Abb Takk News the record of alleged illegal human transplant in other cities was being collected to nab the organized racket of doctors and their facilitators. FIA officials had further told that the arrested doctors during course of investigations had revealed 25 names of doctors, who were connected to the racket and working in different of hospitals in different areas of the Punjab. The investigations had further revealed the names of doctors, who were working in federal government’s departments in other cities as well.
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“The accused doctors have also revealed the names of five different hospitals located in different areas of the provincial capital are also connected with the racket and they are using their operation theaters and other medical facilities for alleged illegal transplantation,” an FIA official had earlier told Abb Takk .
Deputy Director FIA Jameel Ahmed Mayo had told Abb Takk News that after the raid in a house located in EME society, Lahore, from where the doctors; Dr Fawad Mumtaz (a surgeon at Lahore General Hospital) and Dr Altamash Kheral (General Secretary Young Doctors Association) and their two alleged facilitators were apprehended by FIA, more people had approached FIA for actions against all the accused doctors involved in this inhuman act.