A network of illegal human-organ transplants uncovered in Pakistan

Publié le 18 Mar, 2019

The anti-corruption branch of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in Peshawar, Pakistan, has uncovered an inter-provincial network of illegal human-organ transplants, involving hospital officials, doctors and illegal donors. This discovery followed a complaint lodged by a former Mardan government official, Fazle Qadir, against Shoaib Afridi, a dialysis technician at Khyber Teaching Hospital in Peshawar. Qadir had used Afridi’s services and had paid him Rs. 3.1 million for a transplant. 


Shoaib Afridi was arrested by Peshawar’s FIA. During the investigation, he revealed that many experienced surgeons were involved in the network, which also included officials from other provinces. Afridi was working as an intermediary to organize donors, most of whom were destitute and needy, and to hire the surgeons paid to perform transplants. FIA’s anti-corruption director, Mian Saeed, said that further investigations were under way to dismantle the network.


For further reading:

Organ trafficking in China: scientists call for 400 studies to be retracted

Iraq, a ‘hot spot’ for illegal  organ trade in 2018

UN denounces organ trafficking

India – waiting lists to include foreigners in an attempt to curb transplant tourism

The Express Tribune, Umer Farooq  (6/03/2019) – FIA dismantles illegal kidney transplant network


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