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FIA clamps down on human traffickers in Pakistan after migrant boat tragedy

GUJRANWALA: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) claimed to have rounded up three men involved in human trafficking in the wake of the latest migrant tragedy off the coast of Libya.

On Friday, a boat full of migrants capsized off the Libyan coast, drowning all people. More than a dozen Pakistanis were among those feared to have drowned.

A FIA official said Nisar Ahmed, Safdar and Kamran have been arrested for their alleged involvement in trafficking of the Pakistani migrants drowned in the recent Libyan boat tragedy.

These arrests were made during raids in Gujrat, Mandi Bahauddin Zakariya, and Gujranwala, he added.

A day earlier, Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal shared details of sixteen Pakistanis who lost their lives in the tragedy.

Despite knowing extreme dangers facing migrants who try to reach Europe via the so-called central Mediterranean route, which connects Libya to Italy, people make the perilous crossing to Europe in search of green pasture.

According to International Organisation for Migration (IOM) spokeswoman Olivia Headon, more than  6,600 migrants and refugees had already entered Europe by sea this year, with central Mediterranean route crossings to Italy accounting for nearly 65 per cent of the entries.

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