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Airport officials stop female passengers involved in FIA scuffle from flying, off-load in Peshawar

The Express Tribune 2017-04-21 16:54:23

FIA offici­als said women were leavin­g for Doha but were remove­d from flight becaus­e of FIR in Islama­bad

Passengers misbehaving with FIA officials in a screengrab from CCTV footage. PHOTO: SCREENGRAB

PESHAWAR: Officials of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) removed two female passengers from an international flight at Bacha Khan International Airport Peshawar on Friday after it emerged the women had been nominated in an FIR lodged in Islamabad.

Passengers Haseena Bibi and Fauzia were removed from Qatar Airways flight QR-600, said an FIA official. A case had been registered against the women following a physical altercation with female FIA staffers at Benazir Bhutto International Airport Islamabad.

“They were leaving for Doha and then to Norway but since we have information that the passengers were nominated in an FIR and an inquiry is underway, we could not let them go,” a senior FIA official told The Express Tribune.

Videos of the scuffle went viral on social media earlier this week showing FIA female staffers beating up two women.

In an earlier interview Haseena told The Express Tribune that the staffers had been irked by her daughter Fauzia because she had asked them for toilet paper. Haseena said the FIA official had told Fauzia off and got angry when Fauzia asked her not to misbehave with passengers, leading to an altercation.

CCTV footage shows passengers misbehaving with FIA officials as controversy deepens

However, CCTV videos that emerged later showed the passengers misbehaving with the FIA officials instead.

Earlier this week, the FIA suspended the shift in charge upon the interior ministry’s orders and formed a committee to probe the incident.

There were some reports that one of the passengers beaten by a female FIA official suffered injuries and had to be rushed to the hospital. FIA however denied that its officials thrashed the passengers.

Haseena and Fauzia belong to Nowshera’s Saleh Khana area, also known as Chota London (mini London) because at least one person from almost every house in the entire village lives in England.