Pakistan: Minister accused of people smuggling

The Norwegian embassy in Islamabad reported a Pakistani minister for people smuggling. Professor Mushtaq Victor, the Minister of State for Minorities has apparently enabled 7 women and 21 children to go to Europe, saying they were part of his family.

The deception was discovered by Tor Moe, a policeman working for the Scandinavian embassies in the country, when an application was made at the Finnish embassy. According to Bjørn Jahnsen, a spokesman for the foreign service the data Moe discovered will be forwarded to the Pakistani police.

According to TV 2 the people were sent to Austria, Belgium, Germany, Spain and Italy after they paid 30,000 kroner each (almost 5000 USD).

Moe has formerly discovered people smuggling by the Swiss ambassador.

Sources: Aftenposten (Norwegian), Nettavisen (Norwegian)

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