LAHORE: Two doctors were arrested for running an illegal clinic selling organs in Lahore.
The arrest was made during a Federal Investigation Agency raid at the clinic, which was being run in a private housing society.
The raid was carried out on a tip-off, during which the FIA officials caught the two doctors conducting an illegal operation in the operation theater in the house.
The arrested persons have been identified as surgeon Dr Fawad, anaesthesia specialist Dr Altamash, who was also the general secretary of Young Doctors Association Punjab. However, the arrested persons denied their crime when they were arrested.
When the raid was carried out, two foreigners and others were also present at the clinic to sell their kidneys. The organ sellers were shifted to a hospital.
“Other people who are part of the group will also be arrested,” FIA Assistant Director Jamil Khan Mayo told Geo News.
A rickshaw driver, Amir, who was there to sell his kidney said he sold his organ for Rs130,000, but had yet to be paid.
The doctors are also alleged to have taken out a kidney of a resident of Kalma Chowk, Roshni, and sold it to a foreigner for Rs133,000.
Sources said the doctors were also involved in kidnapping passers-by and forcefully taking their organs out.
Punjab Health Secretary Najam Shah told Geo News they have asked FIA to provide a report on the group of such doctors. He suspected more doctors could also be involved in the crime.
This is not the first time a group was nabbed for doing illegal business of organ sale. The health department of Punjab announced action be taken against the doctors involved in organ sale in Lahore.