QUETTA: The Iranian security force has handed over 116 Pakistani nationals to the Levies Force at Pak-Iran border at Taftan in Chaghi district, Levies sources said on Monday.
The detained Pakistani nationals have gone to Iran to earn better livelihood for their families but they were arrested from different parts of Iran by security forces because they were living there without valid travelling documents.
Levies sources said these deportees would be handed over to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) for further investigation after completion of initial inquiry.
It was reported last year that Iran deports 20,000 to 26,000 illegal Pakistani immigrants every year, a senior official of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) claimed.
“Iran had deported more than 26,000 illegal immigrants of Pakistani origin after a brief detention. All of them were intending to reach Europe via Iran, Turkey and Greek, with the help of human smugglers,” the official said.
Confirming the information, an assistant commissioner of Balochistan’s city of Taftan said such deportation has “become a normal exercise for us”, adding that every day a large number of Pakistanis are being deported.