FIA Lodges First Case Under The Human Organ Transplant Act

FIA Lodges First Case Under The Human Organ Transplant Act

The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) recently discovered an illegal organ trade gang in Lahore. Subsequently, the agency lodged its first-ever case under the Human Organ Transplant Act (HOTA). Those involved in the crime were two local doctors, two foreigners and two organ donors.

The arrests were confirmed by the FIA’s Regional Director Punjab, Dr Usman. He explained that the convicts had been arrested and were caught while actively engaging in the act. Again on Sunday, two foreigners were also arrested from Lahore’s Gulberg area who were set to undergo an organ transplant procedure within the next couple of days.

The group that conducted the raid utilized the latest technology and advanced gear to find their coveted area, Dr Usman said. When the group went into the house, they found a man lying in a room who revealed to them that he was donating his kidney for Rs 150,000 as he was poor and required the cash. The group then purportedly kept the donor in the house for a few days for restorative purposes. The man told the group that doctors in another room were transplanting his kidney into a non-native, Dr Usman said.

FIA officials claimed that the aforementioned doctors used to acquire organs from poor men at minimal rates and then resell them to foreign buyers at exorbitant prices in dollars. Further investigations prove that the team of doctors has carried out the same set up in different posh localities around Lahore. Teams have been dispatched to arrest suspects involved in this illegal business.

 

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Maneha Tariq

The writer is a graduate of Lahore Grammar School Defence and is currently pursuing the LLB degree from Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). She has previously worked for DIL organization (Developments in Literacy) as their New York correspondent and for Paperazzi Magazine as a summer intern.



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