Four people, inculding three illegal Afghan immmigrants – suspsected to be Afghan Taliban – were arrested by Balochistan Levies personnel near District Zhob, private news outfits reported Sunday.
A security official reportedly said that the forces arrested the Afghan nationals along the Zhob-Dera Ismail Khan Road.
“A pickup was on its way to Dera Ismail Khan when it was stopped by security personnel near a check post in Zhob. Upon search, police found the Afghan nationals injured with bullet wounds,” Zhob Deputy Commissioner Nazir Mohammed Kethran reportedly said.
“Levies personnel arrested them when could not provide the relevant travelling documents,” Kethran said, adding that cases were registered against them under Foreign Acts.
The driver, a Pakistani national, was also taken into custody. “The driver said he was hired by them and he did not know much about the three Afghans,” he said.
The four men apprehended include Mohammad Bashir, Noorul Haq, Maqbool and Mohammad Ismail.
The local administration ruled out that the three Afghan nationals were Taliban militants as no arms and ammunition were recovered from them and the men were cooperating with investigators.
According to initial investigations, the Afghan nationals said they were injured in a gunfight somewhere in Afghanistan and wanted to go to Pakistan for medical treatment.
The deputy commissioner said it is common in Zhob where Afghan nationals roam without legal travelling documents. “We have registered cases and will produce them before the Judicial Magistrate tomorrow,” Kethran added.
The arrested were shifted to a hospital where doctors said they were also given medical assistance in Afghanistan.
“They are in stable condition and can walk and talk because their wounds are day or two old,” Levies officials said quoting doctors.