ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Zarifa Babayeva, who is wanted by Interpol, was living in Islamabad without fears with the support of some powerful circles connected with Gulf States. Zarifa is wanted in the cases of human trafficking and prostitution and her Red Warrant was issued by Interpol. In 2010, the Interpol warrant stated that she and another person had been smuggling Azeri women to Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates for prostitution.
The arrest of 12 foreign women mostly belonging to Central Asian states from Islamabad who were living in Pakistan without valid visas, has taken an interesting turn as police have arrested a “most wanted” human trafficking female smuggler during raids whose name is on the list of Interpol. She was arrested in Islamabad on October 15, 2010 but she made bail and went underground. She was never arrested again although she was living in a posh sector of Islamabad.
An Azerbaijani woman is allegedly involved in human smuggling and prostitution was arrested and then set free on bail. This woman is wanted by the Azeri police for her involvement in criminal activities in the central Asian States.
Zarifa Babayeva and her brother Mirdamat Babayev, along with five Pakistani women, were arrested by the Margalla police on October 15, 2010 for their alleged involvement in human trafficking and prostitution and were produced before a local court on October 18 which set them free on bail.
The International Police (Interpol) and the Azeri security agencies had been writing to Islamabad police to arrest both culprits, but they were never arrested due to their connections with powerful circles within Islamabad. Red Warrants were issued by Interpol the day after their arrest was reported to the embassy of Azerbaijan on October 16.
The Azeri embassy wrote a letter to Pakistani authorities requesting to keep the two suspects detained until the embassy was able to submit sufficient evidence against them.
Besides giving details about the suspects, the letter stated that the embassy had informed the FIA of their “criminal activities several times previously, but the FIA neither responded nor took any action against them.”
The documents revealed that the two suspects had been involved in human smuggling and prostitution for the last 10 years. The Interpol warrant stated that the two had been smuggling Azeri women to Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates for prostitution. Apart from their particulars, the embassy also provided the authorities ad Interpol in Islamabad with case details, requesting their arrest and extradition. The letter further stated that a judge of the Narimanov district court of Baku city had issued an arrest warrant against Mirdamat Babayev for his involvement in several prostitution cases.
The Interpol warrant had assured authorities that in the case of arrest, the necessary extradition documents would be sent through diplomatic channels to authorities in Islamabad.