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Pakistan expresses concern over Iran border guards abduction

Islamabad, Pakistan has noted with concern the reports of abduction of some Iranian border guards at Iran's Sistan-Baluchestan border with Pakistan.

Pakistan Foreign Ministry in a statement said, 'No effort will be spared to assist our Iranian brothers in finding the Iranian guards.'

Both militaries, under a joint mechanism established since last year, are working to ascertain the location of Iranian guards. Director General Military Operations (DGMO) from two sides are coordinating actions in this regard, it said.

Iran Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi has urged Pakistan government to take necessary measures for releasing Iranian kidnapped forces and also arresting the terrorists.

Fourteen Basij (volunteer forces) and border guard forces were abducted by terrorists in Iran's Sistan-Baluchestan border with Pakistan.

Pakistan ambassador to Tehran has also been requested to reflect the issue as soon as possible and make Iranian Foreign Ministry informed of all developments.

Pakistan ambassador also expressed deep regret over the accident, Qasemi said.

Meanwhile, Iranian ambassador to Islamabad visited officials and urged Pakistan government to release Iranian border guards and to act firmly against outlaws and takfiri terrorists.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA


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