Iran border shooting: Confusion arises over victims’ nationalities

Published: January 28, 2012

Officials say the labourers were not from Gwadar. PHOTO: FILE

QUETTA: 

The six people, gunned down by Iranian guards on Thursday, were allegedly labourers who belonged to bordering villages of either side of the border between Iran and Pakistan.

According to Deputy Commissioner Gwadar Abdul Rehman Dashti, it is yet to be ascertained whether the victims were Pakistani or Iranian nationals.

“The victims are not from Gwadar, since no family approached the local administration. Earlier, people approached us for the bodies of Pakistani fishermen and Iran also informed local administration,” he told The Express Tribune, adding: “But this time no one has come forward.”

He said that according to information through the locals, the victims are Pakistanis but Iranian officials have not informed them of any such incident.

According to local sources, the victims belonged to small villages of either side of the border. “Four of the victims were Iranian nationals, while two others were residents of Kastag, a village located in Pakistan, close to Iranian border,” sources said.

The bodies are kept in cold storage for legal formalities and are yet to be handed over to their relatives for burial.

The victims, said to be cattle dealers or labourers, were heading towards Chah Bahar when they were intercepted the Iranian guards and shot dead. According to reports from across the border, the security forces threw the victims’ bodies in the open.

Local police came and took away the bodies to a government hospital in Chah Bahar, reports said.

Iran had beefed up security along the Pakistan border after armed group Jundullah recently carried out a deadly attack on Iranian forces, killing at least four Iranian guards and injuring ten others.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 28th, 2012. 

Reader Comments (11)

  • kamran
    Jan 28, 2012 - 11:15AM

    Many people talk of the Islamic system that Iran is ideal, the shias in Pakistan idolize them, but third incident in which Pakistani’s were brutaly killed, what an ideal system?

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  • Ali Wali
    Jan 28, 2012 - 12:28PM

    @kamran: I am afraid you failed to read the news properly, try one more time. And it is Deobandi mullas who are desperately trying to copy Iranian Ayotollah, however they fail to realise that they are no match to them, Iranian Ayotollahs are highly educated both in religious studies and contemporary philosophies, it takes roughly 32 years of studies and countless research books before they pass as Ayotollah, probably less corrupt and above all they act according to their believes, hence they have strong following in their country.

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  • dr khan
    Jan 28, 2012 - 2:38PM

    ali wali, about time you leave lala land for the real world where your ayatollahs are nothing but money sucking politicians in the guise of scholars.Recommend

  • Jan 28, 2012 - 3:03PM

    There should be no confusion about the Nationality of these victims. It is obvious the victims were Baloch and it does not matter which side of the artificial border they lived. They were Baloch from occupied Balochistan. Iran is responsible for their killing and we know Pakistan will not take any action against such uncalled for killings of innocent Baloch. We all have witnessed that recently Pakistan has let go the Iranian killers of innocent Baloch who were arrested and who had confessed to their crimes.

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  • Ali Wali
    Jan 28, 2012 - 5:35PM

    @dr khan: with due respect you seem to live in a la la land. What is wrong with being a ‘scholar’ and politician! and who can live without money, well except an average mulla who gets free meal, place to live not to mention most Pakistani mulla take mosques as an extention of themselves, and unlimited funds from the Gulf.

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  • Ali Wali
    Jan 28, 2012 - 5:40PM

    @Baloch: I am all for freedom of thought, however as Baloch are a minority (Pashtuns are majority) in Pakistani Baluchistan, your demand for separate homeland can bring more trouble for your ‘nation’.

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  • Sane
    Jan 28, 2012 - 6:29PM

    @Ali Wali, agree with you, both US and Iran should be treated equally since both have killed innocent Pakistani citizens.

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  • Ali Tanoli
    Jan 28, 2012 - 7:07PM

    @Ali Wali
    After studying so many years they still dont understand common sence..

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  • Jan 28, 2012 - 8:08PM

    Baluchis are killed by both Pakistan and Iran soldiers. They are a neglected lot in their own country. Recommend

  • Jan Khan
    Jan 30, 2012 - 7:30AM

    what if the killing killed the hidden Imam..by mistake ..

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  • abdullah
    Jan 30, 2012 - 1:35PM

    @Ali Wali:
    ali wali as per pakistani murdum/adam shumari last conducted under army supervision baloch were 80% of pakistan administered part of balochistan .i think you have gone insane in the love of shia mut some times you say shia are 60% of punjab some times you say you have one million shia voters in your provincial seat some times u say baloch are minority in sindh/balochistan but your own govt record always show the opposite

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