Human traffickers to be taken to task: CM

Turbat victims’ funeral offered; Shahbaz announces Rs1m for each victim’s heir

Staff Reporter

Quetta/Lahore

Funeral prayers of 15 labourers shot, dead in Baledah area of Turbat city in Balochistan province, were offered here on Thursday. Commander Southern Command Lt. General Asim Saleem Bajwa, Chief Minister Balochistan Sanaullah Zehri, and people from all walks of life offered the funeral prayers. After the funeral prayers the bodies of the victims were to be taken to Karachi from where they will be sent to their ancestral areas. Meanwhile, grief, gloom, and sadness prevailed at the houses of the families of the 15 unfortunate people who were shot dead in cold blood in Turbat.
Three of the victims hailed from Mandi Bahauddin, three from Sialkot, two were from Gujranwala, one was a resident of Gujrat while one hailed from Cantt. The victims were murdered on the first leg of their journey overseas in search of jobs and better future. The families of Zafran Zahid, Muhammad Ilyas and Abdul Ghafoor are overwhelmed by grief and sorrow over the senseless killings of their dear ones. Their murders have also put entire Sialkot city in shadow of dark grief. Phalia’s Khurram Shahzad too left his family grieved and crying. He had left home for Turkey 17 days ago along with an agent named Navaid. Deceased Azhar Waqas and Zulfiqar were residents of Mandi Bahauddin while Ahsan Raza and Ghulam Rabbani hailed from Gujranwala. Gujrat’s Saifullah had embarked on the journey for the good future of his children, a dream that would not come true now after Saifullah’s barbaric killing.
All the victims of the senseless slaughter wanted to go to Europe illegally via Iran. Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has announced financial aid for the heirs of the persons killed in Turbat. Punjab government will provide one million rupees per head as financial aid to the heirs of the persons killed. Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister has said that the elements that have killed the innocent people deserve no leniency and vowed that the elements involved in human trafficking will be taken to task. He said that Punjab police will eliminate such fake travel agents in partnership with the FIA and both Punjab and federal governments will collectively curb this menace.
In Gujranwala, the federal Investigation Agency speeded up crackdown against human traffickers in the wake of the carnage in Turbat.

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