US offers USD 2m for information leading to arrest of Pakistani smuggling suspect Abid Ali Khan
Washington: The US State Department on Thursday announced two rewards of USD1 million each for information leading to the arrest of Pakistani smuggler Abid Ali Khan.
In a statement, the department said: "The U.S. Department of State is offering a REWARD OF UP TO $1 MILLION for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of Abid Ali Khan, as well as a REWARD OF UP TO $1 MILLION for information leading to the disruption of the financial mechanisms of Ali Khan’s human smuggling network."
In the statement, the department said Khan operated human smuggling network to facilitate the travel of undocumented individuals into the United States from Pakistan and Afghanistan in exchange for payment.
"In addition to planning and coordinating the international travel from Pakistan through multiple countries, including Brazil and the United States, Ali Khan allegedly offered or provided false documents for foreign nationals to use for travel," read the statement.
"Smuggling organizations, like Ali Khan’s, take advantage of vulnerable populations, pose high risk, and endanger individuals being smuggled at a significant cost," the Department said.
"Persons smuggled to the United States are often subject to perilous travel through South and Central America, including many days walking through jungle terrain with little food or water, and falling victim to robbery and abuse by smugglers and other bad actors throughout the journey," the statement said.