Iran urges Pakistan to protect border areas more seriously
Zahedan, Sistan-Baluchestan, Aug 8, Iran expects Pakistan to protect its borders more seriously, an Iranian border commander said on Tuesday after reporting that a drug trafficking group was dismantled by Iranian forces when it penetrated into Iran's soil from Pakistan.
'We expect Pakistani security and law enforcement forces to confront drug smuggling groups and terrorist cells in addition to protect their borders more seriously,' Commander of Sistan-Baluchestan Province board guards Brigadier Saeed Komeili said.
Border guards in the Iranian eastern province have managed to annihilate a major drug smuggling group and seize some 1.7 tons of various illegal drugs through a recent operation, he announced.
The smugglers' large convey was stopped by Iranian border guards before entering security zone in the Iran-Pakistan border.
The smugglers who had tried to enter border's security zone ignoring the border guards warnings, opened fire to the Iranian forces but finally fled into the Pakistan's territories after they failed to confront an hour-long fire exchange, said the commander stressing that the smugglers also left behind drugs consignment before escaping into the Pakistan's soil.
Sistan-Baluchestan is the vastest Province of Iran which shares its borders with Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Source: Islamic Republic News Agency