Three injured Afghan nationals arrested near Zhob

Monday, October 27th, 2014 5:05:32 by

QUETTA: Three illegal Afghan immigrants were arrested on Sunday by Balochistan Levies personnel in Zhob district, which shares a border with Afghanistan and  North Waziristan.

Local administration ruled out that the three Afghan nationals, who were injured when they were arrested, were Taliban militants as no arms and ammunition were recovered from them and the men are cooperating with investigators.

“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 three Afghan nationals injured with bullet wounds,” Zhob Deputy Commissioner Nazir Mohammed Kethran told The Express Tribune.

“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.

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 three Afghan nationals are in custody and are being questioned,” Kethran added.

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.

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