Local people to help protect security in Iran’s Southeast: Commander

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Ground Forces Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour said on Thursday that a 9,000-strong popular force has been mobilized to help safeguard security in the country’s southeast.

Speaking on the sidelines of the ongoing drills codenamed Payambar-e Azam (The Great Prophet) in  the southeastern Iranian province of Sistan and Balouchestan, General Pakpour said that at present 9,000 popular forces, comprising Shiites and Sunnis of the region, have been organized in Southeastern Iran to help in defending the country’s security.

He further referred to the services provided to the people in the region, and said 10 field hospitals have been launched and more are planned to be established in the province.

The war game, which was held in regions such as Saravan, Mirjaveh and Zahedan, in Sistan and Balouchestan province, concluded on Thursday.

The purpose of the drills was maintaining preparedness for battle, displaying the power of forces and ensuring security in the region with reliance on the local residents.

Lying in a deserted region, the province of Sistan and Balouchestan borders Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Since a couple of years ago, the IRGC has successfully employed a strategy to get advantage of the local forces to ensure regional security in the face of narcotics trafficking or the entry of terrorists and outlaws.

By Tasnim News Agency