Deputy Minister: Pakistan’s measures for securing joint borders not ‘enough’

A frame grab of a footage broadcast by Saudi Arabia’s al-Arabiya TV channel on February 17, 2014, showing five Iranian border guards abducted by the Jaish-ul-Adl Takfiri terrorist group.

TEHRAN (ISNA)- Iranian Deputy Interior Minister Ebrahim Rahimpour said Pakistan’s measures for securing joint borders with Iran have not been sufficient.

“Measures taken (by Pakistan) have not been sufficient and the issue have been repeated three times in the past,” he said, referring to the kidnapped soldiers in Iran-Pakistan borders.

The current situation (abduction and killing of Iranian nationals) is not acceptable for Iran, he said, adding “Pakistan only announces that it is pursuing the issue, but nothing happens.”

An Iranian delegation at the level of deputy governor has recently visited Pakistan to discuss abduction of the 5 Iranian soldiers kidnapped by Jaish-ul-Adl terrorist group.

A video first broadcast by Saudi Arabia’s al-Arabiya TV channel and then posted online on February 16 showed the five abducted Iranian guards in good health.

The five Iranian guards were kidnapped by Jaish-ul-Adl terrorists in Jakigour region in Iran’s southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan on February 6 and taken to the Pakistani territory.

The Islamic Republic has asked Interpol to prosecute those behind the abduction.

Meanwhile, Iranian and international activists have launched a campaign known as “Free Iranian Soldiers” on social media websites, calling for the release of five Iranian border guards.

On February 15, Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli held Pakistan accountable for the kidnapping.

Iran President Hassan Rouhani has called for an investigation into the incident, tasking the Foreign Ministry with taking the necessary measures to implement a border security agreement with Pakistan.

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.

Iran has repeatedly called on Pakistan to comply with the terms of the agreement.



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