Iran refuses entry to its nationals
* Iranian officials deny entry to returning pilgrims who went for haj via Pakistan
By Malik Siraj Akbar
QUETTA: Iranian officials sent back many of their own nationals from Tuesday on the Pakistan-Iran border of Panjgur when they tried to return after performing pilgrimage via Pakistan.
According to details, Iranian border officials denied entry to many Iranian nationals who had travelled through Pakistan to perform haj and wanted to return to their country.
Entry denied: The border officials near Sarawan reportedly beat them after denying them entry into the country, saying they were Baloch people from Pakistan. Many had to return from Sarawan to Panjgur. A local journalist said a number of Iranian nationals were stranded in Panjgur town as the Iranian border with Pakistan was closed in the wake of a suicide bomb blast on Monday on an Iranian training centre in Sarawan district of Iranian Baluchestan province.
Suicide blast: Sources said the death toll had reached 150. Those killed included 15 to 20 foreign nationals, including Afghans and Uzbeks who had attempted to cross the Iranian border illegally and were detained close to the location of suicide blast.