Two Omanis arrested in Lahore for buying kidneys

May 06, 2017

Two Omani nationals have been arrested by Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency on charges of buying kidneys in Lahore. According to Pakistani media reports, the investigators busted the racket and arrested six people, including two doctors, after raiding a house which was being used for unauthorised surgeries.

Authorities said the gang was involved in selling kidneys to international clients, particularly from wealthy Gulf nations. Jamil Ahmad Mayo, deputy director of the Federal Investigation Agency, Pakistan, was quoted as saying in the reports that, “A team comprising seven officials raided a house in Lahore and caught four people red-handed illegally transplanting kidneys to two Omani nationals.”

The reports also stated that the two Omanis, who have been taken into custody, had paid PKR7mn (approx RO25,703) each for a kidney. The media reports also stated that due to shortage of donors in Oman, most Omani families fall back on unscrupulous traders who procure organs from the black market.

Organs can only be donated by close relatives in Pakistan and buying and selling them is illegal. Omani embassy officials in Islamabad were unavailable for comments.

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