KP Information Minister Shaukat Yousafzai. - A file photo

PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Shaukat Yousafzai has clarified that the children recovered from an oil tanker at the Iran border are Afghans and they don’t belong to KP.

The minister said in a statement that an Afghan refugee was trying to enter illegally to Iran with his family members, but he was caught on the border. He said the children and women recovered from the tanker will be deported to Afghanistan.

Shaukat Yousafzai said the federal and provincial government jointly probed the issue after the matter came to surface on the social media. He said it emerged during the probe that the detained women and children belong to Afghanistan, not KP. He said the missing girl from Mardan will be recovered soon.

On Friday, a man from Mardan had claimed that his six-year-old missing daughter has been recovered from a container of human smugglers which was seized on the Iran border few days ago.

Hazrat Bilal, a resident of Sharif Abad area of Mardan, told TNN that a container carrying children was seized at the Iran border few days ago and one girl resembles his missing daughter. He said the government should make videos of all the recovered children and share it with people to identity their missing children.

Hazrat Bilal said his daughter Farishta Noor after coming back from school on 17 September went outside home for playing but did not return home. He said he had also filed a report of his daughter’s kidnapping in the City Police Station. He said police were clueless about his daughter so far. He said he had no enmity with anyone.