ISLAMABAD: Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Wednesday launched a nationwide crackdown against human traffickers amid fears that Pakistan might be downgraded to Tier 3 on the US’ human trafficking watchlist, local media quoting officials reported.

Pakistan, which is currently on the Tier 2 Watch List, has been urged by several global anti-human trafficking and human rights organisations to control worsening trends of human smuggling in the country.

In its countrywide crackdown campaign, FIA officials are looking for as many as 300 top human traffickers whose passports have already been cancelled.

Following directives by Interior Minsiter Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, FIA teams arrested several human smugglers and their agents, who allegedly possessed hundreds of illegal passports, in the crackdown initiated on Wednesday morning.