Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) arrested an alleged human smuggler from Gujrat on Monday in connection with the Turbat massacre of fifteen people. On November 15, fifteen bodies were found in Buleda area of Turbat tehsil in Kech district of Balochistan. The bodies bore bullet wounds and were of people from different parts of Punjab, including Mandi Bahauddin, Gujranwala, Gujrat and Sialkot.
On November 17, five more bodies were found in the same tehsil, Turbat, albeit at the distance from the previous spot. It was found out the deceased were en route to Europe through Iran for jobs. Speaking to media, FIA Deputy Director Khalid Anis claimed that the suspect Sohail Shakeel was arrested on the charge of facilitating the illegal journey to Germany via Turbat, during which five laborers were killed by the terrorists.
Anis said that the suspect’s brother Humayun Shakil is based in Germany, and also ran the human smuggling business in coordination with the arrested suspect. FIA has also arrested Sadiq, known as Talib within the human smuggling network from Quetta, Anees said.
The suspect would impersonate an Iranian national and illegally take people from Quetta to Iran, he said, adding, ‘The victims had stayed with Sadiq in Quetta.’ He was arrested on the pointation of another under custody agent, Waheed, said the official. ‘Waheed had handed over one of the Turbat victims, Zulfikar, to Sadiq in Quetta,’ he explained.—INP