Translated from Urdu, originally published on PakVoices Gwadar website
The Yemeni citizens recovered by the Gwadar police in a raid early morning today were traded off by smugglers, according to an interview with them. Speaking to a group of journalists during a briefing at the police station, these recovered hostages revealed that they were brought to Makran via Karachi nearly 3 years ago.
The recovered Yemeni citizens include Khalid Bin Ab’d, Fawad Bin Saleh, Ab’d Bin Muhammad, Faris Bin Yahya, Ahmad Bin Muhammad and Abdusalam Bin Ameen.
In a detailed interview by the PakVoices correspondent, the freed individuals said that they were traded off by Yemeni smugglers to smugglers based in Makran, over some money matters. They were then held as hostages by these smugglers based in Makran. For three years, they were held captive, shuffled across multiple venues and severely tortured and branded with iron rods if any of them attempted to escape.
The former hostages showed these torture signs to the journalists present. According to them, they were told by the smugglers detaining them that if the police discovered them, they would be handed over to the Americans and condemned to death penalty. And that they are now thankful that the police has finally liberated them from years of brutal captivity.
During the raid, Haji Luqman s/o Kalo Baloch and his accomplice Zayed s/o Sharif were able to escape. Luqman is a resident of Jeevani and is wanted in a number of cases, including the murder of one Yusuf nearly a year ago. Police officials say that the smugglers have escaped with the passports of these Yemeni citizens. So they will be taken to Karachi and handed over to the Yemeni embassy.
According to a report earlier today, Gwadar police raided a compound in the Nayabad area of Gwadar near Gul Mosque at 5 a.m. in the morning. The raid, police officials say, was made following a tip.