Meanwhile Balochistan still remains in hot water due to unremitting target killings, kidnap for ransom, lawlessness and other incidents. Such an incident was witnessed on July 6 in the area of Balochistan, Turbat when 18 people died who were on their way to Iran.
The Balochistan government suspended on Saturday the Deputy Commissioner (DC) Turbat, Muhammad Aslam Tareen over Friday’s killings in Kohudan area of Turbat.
The provincial government, in a notification issued on Saturday, ordered suspension of Muhammad Aslam Tareen over the incident and posted Additional Commissioner Naseerabad, Muhammad Fateh Bhangar as the new Deputy Commissioner of Turbat.
Unknown assailants had killed 18 people, who were travelling to Iran on Friday last. Giving details about the incident, Home Secretary Balochistan, Naseebullah Khan Bazai said the bloody incident took place in Kohudan area where the gunmen attacked passengers in a ‘waiting lounge’ from where they had to cross the Pakistan-Iran border as illegal immigrants. They intended to head for Europe via Turkey.
Some armed men barged into the lounge and opened indiscriminate firing and killed all the eighteen people, he added.It has been learnt that the waiting lounge had been set up there and was used for immigrants seeking to go to Iran illegally. People from Karachi used to be brought via Gwadar from where they were sent to this area close to the border of Iran.
Officials of the Turbat administration confirmed that they dispatched the bodies of all the deceased to their native districts in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh. Muhammad Idris, who had attempted to cross the Pak-Iran border last year and was arrested later, told The News that a large number of people are willing to do so at the risk of their lives or detention in an alien country. All of them seek employment abroad mainly because of rising unemployment in the country, he added. Idris said Taftan and Mand Tehsils of Chaghai and Turbat districts on the Pak-Iran border are two exit points and hundreds of people attempt to cross the Pak-Iran border every month from these two places. The real ordeal, he added, begins for the illegal immigrants from this point onwards. They are asked to walk through the desert area of the Gulf towards their destination.
Serious circles believe that rise in human smuggling incidents are a source of concern adding institutions involved in these heinous activities must be halted as such incidents are augmenting with each day passing hence it must be controlled otherwise consequences could be ‘dangerous’.