The Foreign Office (FO) announced on Wednesday that the bodies of nine Pakistani nationals, who were fatally shot in Iran last week, will be airlifted today from the Taftan border to Multan.
The attack occurred in Iran’s Sistan-Baluchestan province near the border with Pakistan on January 27, as both countries were working to ease tensions following deadly cross-border fire. Unidentified assailants killed nine Pakistani workers, with three others injured in the indiscriminate gunfire. The victims hailed from Punjab, specifically originating from Multan, Muzaffargarh, and Bahawalpur districts.
Iran’s Mehr news agency reported that “unknown armed men killed nine non-Iranians in a house in the Sirkan neighborhood of Saravan city” and noted that no group or individuals had claimed responsibility for the attack.
Following the incident, Pakistan called for a thorough investigation and swift prosecution of those responsible. The FO had condemned the “horrifying and despicable” attack and emphasized the need for an immediate investigation with Iranian authorities.
Relatives of the victims protested in front of the assistant commissioner’s office in Alipur on Sunday, urging the Pakistani government to ensure the return of the bodies for burial in their native towns.
FO spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch stated in a release today, “The mortal remains of nine Pakistani nationals, killed in a terrorist attack in Sistan-Baluchestan province of Iran on January 27, are being airlifted today from Taftan border to Multan. May Allah grant them the highest abodes in heaven. Our thoughts and prayers are with their loved ones.”