ISLAMABAD - The Senate Interior Committee yesterday tasked the interior ministry to investigate a case of selling human organs fraudulently allegedly by a trans-national gang that was so powerful that even the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and Islamabad police are reluctant to put hand on it.

The Senate Standing Committee on Interior also asked the ministry to probe how the gang succeeded to get issued the passport and Indian visa to a victim without his visit in any office who was later fraudulently taken to India to extract his liver tissues for transplantation to a liver patient.

The directions of the committee that met under the chair of Senator Rehman Malik came when a victim Waqar Khan appeared before it and told his ordeal how he became ready to 'donate' his liver tissues for Rs1 million but only got fifty thousand rupees from the gang.

Waqar Khan, a resident of Tench Bhatta in Rawalpindi- the hometown of Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, said that he was in need of money for the treatment of his mother and jobless at that time. "I met one of the members of that gang who offered Rs1 million to me for selling my liver tissues for transplantation purposes of a patient," he said. "The activities of gang also came in the notice of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) but according to my information, FIA inspector Chaudhry Nazir released the culprits after taking bribe of Rs5.6 million," the victim said.

"I neither visited any passport office nor an embassy but got a passport along with a visa to travel to India," he said and added he was brought to the Wagah Border on January 27, 2015 where he was handed over passport and travelling documents for travelling to India. Later, an Indian nation received them and he was taken to a hospital in New Dehli where he was operated upon to extract his liver tissues. After the successful operation, the gang refused to give me the remaining amount and started giving life threats, he said.

He said that he was still facing threats from the culprits who were very powerful.

Waqar said that Aabpara Police arrested two members of the gang in December 2014 when he was coming back along with them after giving blood samples to the Islamabad Diagnostic Centre for tests. Later, the police released them after getting bribe from them amounting to around 0.3 to 0.4 million rupees. The police had arrested in another such case of taking the 'donor' to India fraudulently after the registration of an FIR against the accused.

Chairman Committee Rehman Malik remarked: "It is unfortunate that FIA and police both traced this gang but it managed to get released." He said that the committee wanted a very detailed investigation by the interior minister and the report should be presented to it within two weeks. He also directed that the victim should be provided proper security. Malik said that director generals (DGs) of FIA and Passports would also be summoned in the next meeting and the interior minister should personally look into this matter.

The committee deferred the Prohibition of Corporal Punishment Bill, 21016 till the next meeting after some members objected that parents could not be deprived of their right of punishing the children as it was against the culture and traditions of the country.