‘Pakistan, Iran in contact over abducted guards’

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.

A Pakistani official says Islamabad and Tehran are in contact over the case of the five Iranian border guards kidnapped and transferred to Pakistan in early February.

“We are in contact with the Iranian authorities. A task force was established after the border committee meeting. They are exchanging information,” Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam stated in her weekly press briefing in Islamabad on Thursday.

“Search operations have also been conducted,” she added.

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

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

Iran has declared that it holds the Pakistani government responsible for the lives of the Iranian hostages.

Meanwhile, Iranian Interior Ministry Spokesman Hossein Ali Amiri stated on Thursday that the five abducted border guards are unharmed and in good health.

Amiri further noted that all capacities are employed to secure the release of the 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.

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

By Press TV


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