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13 children rescued from being smuggled to Pakistan

13 children rescued from being smuggled to Pakistan

Jul 16, 2017 - 12:04

GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Thirteen children from southern Ghazni province have been rescued from being smuggled to Pakistaninfo-icon for militant training, officials claimed on Sunday.

The acting police chief, Col. Mustafa Mayar, told Pajhwok Afghan News three kidnappers wanted to smuggle the boys but police intercepted them on the Kabulinfo-icon-Kandahar highway in the limits of Maqur district.

He said three persons had been arrested in connection with the smuggling attempt. The detainees wanted to smuggle the children to Pakistan’s port city of Karachi through southern Kandahar province.

He said families of the children had been told the boys would be admitted to religious schools in Karachi “But these men wanted to train the children as suicide bombers,” alleged the police official.

“The children belonged to families based in Ghazni, Kandahar and Paktia provinces,” he said, adding the families could take home their children after investigations.

He added no one would be allowed to smuggle children to the other countries. The detainees were currently being interrogated and would introduce to justice soon.

Some time back, 25 children were rescued from being smuggled to the neighbouring country. They are still in security forces’ custody. Their families had not yet asked about the children, said Mayar.

But one of the rescued children, Faizullah, told Pajhwok he was a resident the Marzak area of Paktia province, “No one has kidnapped or tried to smuggle us to Pakistan; were going to Pakistan for religious educationinfo-icon.”

The 19-year-old said all of the boys hailed from the same area. Their families were sending them to Pakistani seminaries for studying religious subjects, he explained.

sa/mud

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