Taking the sea route means first travelling to Gwadar district via the Coastal Highway from Karachi, which allows people to skirt the dangerous, insurgency-hit areas further inside Makran. “The agents hire small boats that migrants, sometimes after a daylong stopover in the port city of Gwadar, board along the shore at Pasni, Jiwani, Pishukan or Surbandan. From there they [travel through the Gulf of Oman to] reach Iran,” says Behram Baloch, Dawn’s correspondent in Gwadar.”