Iran Deports 75 Pakistanis for Illegal Entry

A0021541.jpgTEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- Iranian border guards have deported 75 Pakistanis captured in Iran for allegedly trying to enter neighboring Turkey without travel documents, an official said Tuesday.

The 75 men were handed over to Pakistani security officials in Taftan, a Pakistani town near the Iranian border, said Mohammed Alam, a police official responsible for security at the border.

Iranian authorities had arrested the men about a week ago, Alam said.

Large numbers of Pakistanis try to travel through Iran and Turkey every year in an effort to reach Europe in search of better jobs. Many have no travel documents, and are caught and deported.

Iran repatriated about 7,000 Pakistanis last year.

Taftan is about 700 kilometers (430 miles) southwest of Quetta, the capital of Pakistan’s Baluchistan province.

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