Iran hands over bodies of nine Pakistani labourers


Pak-Iran

ISLAMABAD: Iran on Thursday handed over bodies of Pakistani labourers who were killed by unidentified gunmen  last month in Sistan Balochistan.

The bodies were handed over to Pakistani authorities at the Pak-Iran border by Iranian Border Security Guards.

The mortal remains of Pakistani nationals were received by Assistant Commissioner Taftan, Waqar Kakar.

The incident was condemned by the Iranian authorities and an inquiry was ordered.

Iranian envoy to Pakistan in his statement condemned the killings of Pakistani labourers in Iran and said Tehran and Islamabad will not tolerate affliction of damage to the countries’ relations.

On January 27, unknown assailants gunned down at least nine Pakistani nationals and injured three others in the suburb of the city of Saravan in the southeastern Iranian province of Sistan Balochistan.

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The province’s deputy governor, Alireza Marhamati, told official news agency IRNA that according to survivors of the incident, “three armed people shot at the foreigners after entering their residence and fled the scene”. He confirmed the toll of nine deaths and said three others were wounded.

The Baluch rights group Haalvash said on its website that the victims were Pakistani labourers who lived at a car repair shop where they worked.

Among the victims, five hailed from different areas of Alipur in Punjab province and had been working in Iran for the past decade.

No group had claimed responsibility of the attack.

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