Sadiqabad, a sanctuary for human smugglers?
SADIQABAD: As reported by the Express Tribune on Thursday, the Fauji Fertiliser Chowk residents have alleged that a gang active in the area was involved in trafficking people from all over southern Punjab to forced labour camps in Afghanistan.
Ghulam Sarwar, Muhammad Younis and Shaukat Ali, who have recently returned after escaping from one such labour camp in Kandahar, told The Express Tribune that they had been smuggled some seven months ago by a group allegedly led by Muhammad Sarwar, Muhammad Varyam, Abdul Rashid of the Bhatti clan.
They said they escaped the camp and reached the Chaman border, where they were arrested by Pakistani officials who after verification of their identity let them go.
The three along with the relatives of Manzoor Hussain, another Sadiqabad resident who had been smuggled and was still confined at the camp, staged a protest against the Police, on Tuesday, for not taking any action against the accused.
Sarwar said that around 40 labourers were still detained in Kandahar and were being forced to work at the camps without any facilities. These included Manzoor Hussain and his son Mushtaq Hussain.