Gujranwala: Passport office Gujranwala is completely under the control of agent mafias; officials, including in-charge assistant director had been allegedly found involved in malpractices with the ‘help’ of the gate keeper who has been authorized to deal with the agents. The gate keeper opens the door only after receiving a bribe or by a phone call from any agent while higher authorities seem reluctant in taking action against ‘corrupt’ officials having links with the agent mafia operating outside the passport office. A visit to the passport office revealed that the gate keeper with the collusion of agents, is controlling all the passport office affairs, he said if you pay Rs 2,000 for each applicant I shall get you a token slip by bypassing the main queue and entering in a special queue as I have to give due share to officials for this favor. On the other hand those who did not agree to give bribe had to wait longer; sometimes approximately for five to six hours before their turn finally came. The citizens said that if all matters of the passport office could be done through a gate keeper then there is no need of an in-charge officer to sit in the office, they also criticized the cruel attitude of the passport officers and officials and said this is an injustice to the lower and middle class of our population who cannot afford to pay a portion out of their hard-earned income.Youth caught red handed trying to kidnap: Youth caught red handed trying to kidnap a girl here at Hashmi Colony Gujranwala. It was reported that accused Faizan was carrying a little girl Manahal when local residents intercepted him and handed him over to police after torture. Police have started investigations.Published in Daily Times, February 13th 2018.