700 illegal Pak immigrants in Turkish jails

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Islamabad, August 1 : Nearly 60-70 Pakistani immigrants are intercepted at the Iran-Turkey border every week and that a total of nearly 700 Pakistanis are imprisoned in various Turkish jails, said Pakistan's Ambassador in Ankara Iftikhar Hussain Shah.

Shah said these Pakistani nationals are imprisoned in Turkish jails for illegal entry into the country, and that efforts were being made for their immediate return to their home country.

"We are making arrangements for their early return to Pakistan," the Daily Times quoted the Pakistani envoy as saying in an interview with the BBC Radio.

Shah underlined the need for taking action against people involved in human trafficking. Commenting on a recent report about the recovery of 13 bodies of illegal Pakistani immigrants near Istanbul, he said that according to embassy reports two of the deceased were Pakistani nationals and their relatives had been contacted.

ANI

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