73 Pakistanis deported from Iran
73 Pakistani nationals were reportedly deported from Iran on Monday after being arrested and detained last week for illegal entry.
The deportees were reportedly all unemployed males who did not have proper travel documents allowing them to remain in Iran, government officials reported.
The men were handed over to Pakistani authorities in the town of Taftan, near the southwestern border with Iran.
Pakistani Federal Investigation Agency official Asmatullah Khan told the AP that the men were in Pakistani custody. Though he gave no further details, most detainees of this sort are released shortly after questioning.
Iran is known to be a major thoroughfare for Pakistanis en route illegally to Europe; thousands of Pakistani citizens are deported from Iran annually.
Most travel with human traffickers in hopes of bettering their economic situation.