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FIA suspends ASI for ‘torturing’ British Pakistani at airport

A British citizen of Pakistani origin has lodged formal complaint against FIA officer, alleging torture during a routine immigration check at Allama Iqbal International Airport

By Sher Ali Khalti
April 23, 2024
Allama Iqbal International Airport Lahore. — APP File
 Allama Iqbal International Airport Lahore. — APP File

LAHORE: A British citizen of Pakistani origin has lodged a formal complaint against an FIA officer, alleging torture during a routine immigration check at Allama Iqbal International Airport.

The complaint, filed with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), involves ASI Bilal, who has been suspended with immediate effect pending investigation. According to the complainant, who arrived in Lahore from Dubai, the incident at the immigration counter took place when ASI Bilal demanded an e-visa. As the complainant’s cell phone was dead, he requested Bilal to verify the visa using his passport number.

The situation took a violent turn when ASI Bilal allegedly punched the passenger in the face and ear, causing nosebleed. The victim, a British national, has demanded a swift action against the officer, prompting both the CAA and FIA to launch inquiries into the incident.

Director FIA, Lahore Sarfraz Virk wasted no time in suspending ASI Bilal. The CAA spokesperson promised necessary action if the misconduct was confirmed.