Iran taking new security measures at eastern borders

An Iranian border guard keeps watch at a border post in Milak, southeastern Iran, near the Afghan border, October 10, 2012.

Iran’s Police Chief Brigadier General Esmail Ahmadi-Moqaddam says the Islamic Republic has begun constructing 120 watch towers along its eastern border areas.

Speaking to reporters in the Iranian city of Shiraz on Saturday, Ahmadi-Moqaddam said the watch towers and a 120-km road are being constructed by the Iranian Police in cooperation with the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) to increase security along the eastern borders of Iran.

He also confirmed that the IRGC has begun its new mission to provide security along Iran’s border with Pakistan in the wake of recent attacks against Iranian border guards.

The IRGC’s Qods Headquarters has been commissioned to ensure the security of 300 kilometers (186 miles) of the border in the southeastern city of Saravan in Sistan and Baluchestan Province.

IRGC Commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari visited the region on Friday and assessed the extent of the readiness of the Qods Headquarters forces in performing their new mission.

On March 23, the Jaish-ul-Adl terrorist group, which has claimed responsibility for the February 6 abduction of five Iranian border guards in Jakigour region in Iran’s Sistan and Baluchestan Province and their transfer to Pakistani territory, claimed that it had killed one of the hostages.

On October 25, 2013, the same terrorist group killed 14 Iranian border guards and injured six others in the border region near Saravan.

Iran and Pakistan signed a security agreement in February 2013, 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 commit to the terms of the agreement.

By Press TV


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