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Sarim Burney handed over to FIA on a two-day physical remand

Rights activist Sarim Burney was arrested in Karachi on ‘human trafficking charges’ a day earlier.

Sarim Burney was handed over to the FIA on a two-day physical remand on Thursday.

A local court in Karachi granted a two-day physical remand of Sarim Burney to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on charges that the renowned rights activist was involved in human smuggling.

The Investigation Officer Chaudhry Bilal produced the rights activist Sarim Burney before Judicial Magistrate Khaleequ Zaman.

He requested the court to order the social worker’s 14-day physical remand in police custody.

The Investigation Officer maintained before the court that Burney’s custody was required to record his statement, obtain the relevant record and arrest his co-accused.

He also said that there was a risk of evidence being destroyed if the FIA was not given custody.

After hearing the arguments, the court rejected Burney’s request to discharge him from the case and handed him over to FIA on a two-day remand with a direction to produce him on completion of the remand as well as a progress report on the case.

Rights activist Sarim Burney was arrested in Karachi on ‘human trafficking charges’ a day earlier.

According to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), Burney was taken into custody after he landed in Karachi from the United States.

The arrest has been made on the complaint of the US officials.

Saman Siddiqui

I am a freelance journalist, holding a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and an MS in Peace and Conflict Studies, associated with the electronic media industry since 2006 in various capacities. Here at OyeYeah, I cover a range of genres, from journalism to fiction to fashion, including reviews, and fact findings. 

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