World Pakistan officials arrest gang in spinal fluid scam

17:06  13 february  2018
17:06  13 february  2018 Source:   AFP

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Pakistan police have arrested a gang accused of extracting spinal fluid from swindled victims, officials said Tuesday, the latest case involving the country's notorious medical black market.

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan police have arrested a gang accused of extracting spinal fluid from swindled victims, officials said on Tuesday, the latest case involving the country's notorious medical black market.

A Pakistani doctor and his assistants arrested last year for illegal kidney transplants: now a gang is accused of stealing spinal fluid: A Pakistani doctor and his assistants were arrested last year and accused of illegal kidney transplants. © Provided by AFP A Pakistani doctor and his assistants were arrested last year and accused of illegal kidney transplants.

Pakistan police have arrested a gang accused of extracting spinal fluid from swindled victims, officials said Tuesday, the latest case involving the country's notorious medical black market.

Police in Punjab province's eastern Hafizabad district arrested five suspects after being tipped off by relatives of a female victim, who was told the procedure was needed for a program that offers free wedding dowries.

Officials suspect the fluid was being sold on the black market to be used in bone marrow transplants.

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Pakistan police have arrested a gang accused of extracting spinal fluid from swindled victims, officials said Tuesday, the latest case involving the country's. Rescuers save French climber trapped on Pakistan 's Nanga Parbat. Pakistan spinal fluid medical black market.

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan police have arrested a gang accused of extracting spinal fluid from swindled victims, officials said Tuesday, the latest case involving the country's notorious medical black market.

"They confessed to extracting the spinal cord fluid from at least 10 women in the area and selling it to a cleaner at a local government hospital, who has also been detained," Abdul Majeed, an investigator with the Hafizabad police department, told AFP.

Another police officer, Muhammad Imran, confirmed the incident. "Further investigation is underway," Majeed said.

The top-selling Urdu-language newspaper, Jang, said the accused had extracted fluid from at least 90 impoverished women who were left disabled by the procedure.

Pakistan is infamous for illegal kidney transplants that have attracted customers from around the world.

Last year authorities in Lahore arrested a group of medics for performing illegal kidney transplants for two Oman nationals.

Organs can only be donated by close relatives in Pakistan and buying and selling them is illegal.

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