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Iran seeks actions from Pakistan to secure common border

Islamabad, Despite assurances from the government of Pakistan on securing the common border, terrorists still manage to carry out their activities and in recent unfortunate incident two Iranian border guards were martyred in a clash with a terrorist group in Mirjaveh border city.

Iran has taken various measures to secure its side of the 900 kilometers of common border and expects the other side to take more steps on its territory to stop the terrorists from carrying any activity against Iran.

Iran and Pakistan have already agreed to deny exploitation of their borders by terrorists though joint border cooperation.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif during his recent visit to Pakistan told media that two suicide blast attempts near his country's border with Pakistan were foiled due to efforts from both countries.

Last night we had two suicide attack attempts from Pakistani territory into Iran. Both of them were foiled and we had excellent cooperation last night from the Pakistani armed forces in order to contain this. We are very happy with the level of cooperation that exists today, Zarif said.

Meanwhile Interior Minister of Iran Abdolreza Rahmani-Fazli has also said that border security and economic development of Iranian and Pakistani border provinces are among the strategic goals of Tehran and Islamabad.

Last year Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa traveled to Iran on an important visit and assured the Iranian authorities of all out cooperation from the neighboring state to secure border.

Pakistan had assured Iran that it would take steps to prevent cross-border terrorist attacks, including the deployment of additional troops along its border with Iran.

Both countries had also agreed on reviving the hotline between local commanders of border forces to immediately resolve issues that may come up from time to time.

In January Iranian and Pakistani security officials decided to enhance joint patrolling at border to avoid outside interference.

Drugs and human trafficking are also the two major obstacles in securing the border which also give room to terrorists to carrying out their activities.

Pakistanis living in Iran illegally or trying to enter Iran illegally are caught every year by Iranian security forces.

In April last year nine Iranian border guards were martyred and two others injured by terrorists near Pakistan border in southeastern province of Sistan-Balouchestan, when they were patrolling at the zero border point.

After the incident, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif visited Pakistan and met with Pakistani civil and military leadership to have better cooperation between the two countries for border security.

Earlier the militants claimed responsibility for attacks that killed eight border guards in April 2015 and 14 border guards in October 2013.

Iran has also been pointing finger at some regional countries for providing financial assistance to terrorists inside Pakistan for carrying out activities against Iran.

The Defense Minister of Pakistan Khurram Dastgir Khan and Iranian Defense Minister General Amir Hatami recently met on the sidelines of the Moscow Security Conference in Moscow and discussed better management of the joint border.

Despite these actions and the assurances by the Pakistani government there are some terrorist groups who are still active on Pakistani soil and manage to carry out their activities against Iran. This shows that Pakistan needs to take more steps to secure the border regions.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA


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