‘Pakistan-Iran cooperation best way to foil plots’

A high-ranking Pakistani official has described cooperation between Iran and Pakistan as the best mechanism to thwart the conspiracies seeking to undermine relations between the two neighboring countries.

“There is an understanding that some elements may be trying to create problems between Pakistan and Iran, and they should be dealt with in a coordinated manner,” Pakistan’s Foreign Office Spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam said in her weekly press briefing in Islamabad on Thursday.

Aslam further noted that the recent abduction of five Iranian border guards and their transfer to Pakistan was discussed in a friendly atmosphere between senior Pakistani and Iranian officials in Tehran earlier this week.

She added, “As the Iranian president (Hassan Rouhani) has said, this relationship [between Iran and
Pakistan] is much deeper, much broader, it is between two peoples. It has social, religious, cultural and economic aspects. It has many dimensions.”

“We don’t see [how] these incidents can derail our relationship,” she pointed out.

Five Iranian border guards were abducted in Jakigour region of Iran’s Sistan-and-Baluchestan Province on February 6 and taken to Pakistani territory.

The so-called Jaish-ul-Adl terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the abductions.

On February 12, Iran Deputy Interior Minister for Security Affairs Ali Abdollahi said the country will dispatch a delegation to Pakistan to pursue the case of the five Iranian border guards.

On October 25, 2013, Jaish-ul-Adl killed 14 Iranian border guards and wounded six others in the border region near the city of Saravan in Sistan-and-Baluchestan Province.

In February, 2013, Iran and Pakistan signed a security agreement, under which both countries are required to cooperate in preventing and combating organized crime, fighting terrorism and countering the activities that pose a threat to the national security of either country.

By Press TV


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