Pak minister accused of human trafficking

      Pakistan’s Minister for Population Welfare Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan has landed in yet another controversy as now she has been accused of being involved in human trafficking. According to The Dawn, Awan has been accused of tampering her National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) records. Awan, reportedly, represented two boys and one girl as her siblings in order to help them get visas for Italy . According to NADRA rules no changes can be made in the records of a particular civilian without personal appearance of a registered citizen. When enquired about the issue, Awan, however, blamed one of her former staff for the gaffe. She also rejected reports regarding receiving a cheque for 0.5 million rupees from a travel agent named Tahir. “One of my staffers is involved in the scam and I have already registered a complaint against him,” Awan said. This is not the first time that Awan has been involved in a controversy. She was about to lose her lose her chair after allegedly using un-parliamentary language against a PML-Q woman legislator, but managed to come out of the crisis after offering an apology over the incident. Pakistan People’s Party ( PPP ) insiders said the party could expel her because this time the issue was more serious from the last occasion. “This time story is altogether different and if it is proved that she was directly involved in human trafficking, the party will have no other option but to expel her,” PPP sources said.

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