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PESHAWAR, November 26: Twenty-six girls belonging to Bajaur Agency have been recovered and two women and a man arrested by the police in Karachi, the capital of Sindh province.

The girls were students of a madrassa (seminary) and their teachers had reportedly handed them over to a family over non-payment of a debt.

The police told Karachi-based media organisations that they raided a house in Liaqatabad locality on a tip-off and recovered the girls last night. The girls are aged between eight to 10 years, all hailing from Bajaur Agency.

One of the arrested women said that they had borrowed 0.4 million rupees from the head of the seminary but could not pay it back.

She said teachers of the seminary handed over the girls to her family so that they provide them with the food and lodging in exchange for the money the family had borrowed.

The police shifted the girls to a safer place and started contacting their families so that they return to their homes.

Seven more girls recovered

Meanwhile, a Pakistani media organisation said the police have recovered 33 girls. It said that initially the police found 26 young girls inside house during the raid and that seven more young girls were recovered from the area thereafter.

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