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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2399

Swiss team begins probe into charges against its diplomats in Pakistan

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai - Reporting from Islamabad

Islamabad, 11 May, ( A two-member Swiss team has stated probe into complaints of sexual harassment of two Pakistani women by its embassy staff as well as their involvement in human trafficking.

Switzerland closed its visa section of its Islamabad embassy on May 6 after allegations that several officials in the visa section were involved in human trafficking and sexual harassment of the visa seekers.

Ashar Francis, a Pakistani officer in the Swiss embassy's visa section, was arrested last month after a woman complained that she was sexually harassed and that Mr Francis also tempered her passport as well as canceled visas of other countries on her passport.

Ashar and four travel agents on charges of human traffickers are being questioned after their arrest, said Tariq Khusa, Additional Secretary of Pakistani Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).

The Swiss team met Pakistani FIA officials and discussed the on-going probe about the human trafficking.

Many people have been sent to Switzerland and other European countries on fake documents with the help of staff members of the Swiss embassy, according to Pakistani officials.

- Asian Tribune -

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