Pak-Iran officials agree to enhance fight against terrorism in border areas

IRNA – Pakistani and Iranian officials have met at the border town of Taftan and agreed to continue interaction and ensure better coordination to avert any untoward incident in the future, local media reported.

According to the Pakistan media, the officials resolved to carry out an inspection of the site where a recent border incident between armed militants and Iranian military personnel resulted in the martyrdom of some Iranian border guards by terrorists.

Deputy Commissioner of Pakistan’s Chaghi area, Shahak Baloch led the Pakistani delegation, while the Iranian delegation was led by Colonel Najaf Safari.

The meeting, which continued for almost six hours resulted in an agreement between the two delegations to continue contact and ensure better coordination on border.

The meeting took place under strict security arrangements at Taftan. Extra security personnel were deployed in the area to ensure a smooth and peaceful exchange between the two delegations.

On April 26, nine Iranian border guards were martyred and two others were injured by terrorists near Pakistan border in southeastern province of Sistan-Balouchestan, when they were patrolling at the zero border point. The terrorists after the killings and abducting one Iranian border guard fled to Pakistan’s territories.

After the attack, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif visited Pakistan and met with Pakistani civil and military leadership to have better cooperation between the two countries on recent border incident.

Recently Pakistan’s Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz told IRNA that border management commission between Iran and Pakistan will meet within this month to make sure border incidents may not happen again.

Earlier Pakistan army spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor had said Iran and Pakistan enjoy strong brotherly and historical relations which will continue to grow in future.