No room for ‘alien’ in Lahore prisons


The officials at the two jails in Lahore have refused to accept a foreigner kidney patient, arrested by police on July 1 during a raid at a local clinic located in the North Cantonment area.
The police July 1 had unearthed a gang involved in illegal business of organ transplantation and arrested seven people including the ringleader, Dr Haneef, and Nadeem, Imran, Mushtaq, Sagheer, Mubashir and Ali from a house in Ameer-ud-din Park. A recipient, Dutch national Abdullah Harlan, a donor labourer and an Indonesian were also taken into custody.
Well placed sources in the investigation wing of North Cantonment Police Station say they held Harlan as an accused on the orders of legal experts and presented him before the court on Monday.
It ordered to send Harlan to prison on judicial remand after which police party went to drop him at the Camp Jail where the staffers refused to accept the prisoner, saying they could not keep foreigners. They suggested shifting the prisoner to the Central Jail Kotlakhpat but the officials presented the same excuse and suggested the police party to admit Harlan in the General Hospital because he required medical attention.
Sources further said the accused and his wife were in Pakistan on a legal visa, which would expire in three days, adding that the accused had paid $30,000 dollars for the transplantation.
Investigation also revealed that Dr Imran and Dr Sana Ullah, from Mayo and General hospitals respectively, orchestrated the kidney scandal but the police have been unable to arrest them.


  1. The most important thing is that why the patient in this case is punished. The patient already suffering from the kidney failure and he is being tortured there in Pakistan. This is inhuman, laws are for humans but humans are not for law. I strongly urge International Human Rights Organisations to help these patients and make sure they are relaesed, and send back to their countries.

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