With dreams of a bright future in his eyes, Shah Sahib started his journey from Jhelum to Quetta in Daewoo. He knew that this journey would be difficult, but he did not expect that this journey would not be the most difficult but impossible and to go to Europe. The interpretation of the dream that has been shown to them will be so horrible.
Everything was fine from Quetta to Panjgur. From Panjgur to Mashkeel, they faced not only travel difficulties but also hunger and thirst. They not only had to walk for hours from Mashkel to the Iranian border and from Iran to Turkey, but also faced the worst violence at the hands of border security forces on several occasions. He also saw his comrades die in front of his eyes due to violence. A young man from Gujarat who was the only brother of five sisters also died before their eyes. At the time of his death, he handed over his picture to them and asked them to give it to my mother if possible. Shah Sahib, despite the worst of the violence, tried to cross the Iranian-Turkish border seven times in an attempt to reach Europe, but was unsuccessful and returned disappointed.
This is not just a story of a Shah Sahib, Gujarat, Jhelum and adjoining areas are full of such stories. Every year, thousands of young people lose their lives and property in an attempt to reach Europe via Iran, Turkey and other routes illegally, bearing the brunt of their country’s economic situation.
According to the United Nations, criminals made 92 927 million in 2013 from this disgusting scam. UN experts claim that according to Pakistani officials, more than a thousand groups are involved in the smuggling. According to another UN report, from 2007 to 2013, there was a huge increase in this dirty business in Pakistan. If we look at the latest situation, according to the Federal Investigation Agency, 86,000 Pakistanis have been deported from Iran in the last five years.
The question that needs to be considered is why it has not been possible to prevent human trafficking in spite of the Anti-Refugee Act and Anti-Human Trafficking Act 2018, Passport Act 1974, Immigration Ordinance 1979, Foreigners Act 1946, Anti-Trafficking Act 2002 and other laws. The foreign broadcaster claims, citing former Pakistani security officials, that the situation will not be right until the laws are 100% enforced.
There is a need for the PTI government, realizing the gravity of the problem, not only to ensure the implementation of the laws, but also to work with the opposition to improve the economic situation in the wider interest of the country. Because as long as there are shadows of poverty, hunger and destitution in the country, and those who get millions of rupees in wages, sometimes whistles, applause, rants, sometimes they are busy burying democracy, then the common man is illegal to protect his economic future. Attempts to go to Europe will continue to bring disgrace to the country and the nation. Because even those who lose their lives in this journey bring disgrace to the country and if one of the thousands escapes and reaches Europe, he slanders his beloved homeland in order to seek political asylum. Embarrassed and unhappy.
Finally, there is a request from the United Nations to tighten the noose on those involved in this heinous human trafficking with the help of international security agencies. Because it has become a problem not only of Pakistan but also of the world. The business is estimated to be the third largest in the world and has grown from 32 32 trillion to 40 40 trillion.