Deputy minister: Iran holds documents of certain states’ support for terrorists

FNA – Iranian Deputy Interior Minister for Security and Law Enforcement Affairs Hossein Zolfaqari said his country is in hold of documents proving that some states are supporting the terrorist groups.

“We have many documents showing certain countries’ support for the terrorists. Given the unpleasant consequences of terrorist acts, Iran and Pakistan should further cooperate in the fight against terrorism,” Zolfaqari said in a meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Tariq Mohammad Khan in Tehran on Monday.

Noting that Iran and Pakistan have certain problems at common borders, he said, “Most drug trafficking, fuel smuggling, illegal immigration and terrorist acts against Iran are conducted through its border with Pakistan.”

In relevant remarks earlier this month, a senior Iranian commander warned Pakistan to take practical measures to tighten its lax security control over the borders with Iran to prevent outlaws from crossing the border.

“We expect Pakistani security and law enforcement forces to confront drug smuggling groups and terrorist cells in addition to protect their borders more seriously,” Commander of Iran’s Sistan and Balouchestan Border Guards Brigadier General Saeed Komeili said.

He, meantime, said that border guards in Sistan and Balouchestan managed to destroy a major drug gang and seize some 1.7 tons of various illegal drugs in a recent operation.

The smugglers’ large convey was stopped by Iranian border guards before entering security zone in the Iran-Pakistan border.

“The smugglers who had tried to enter border’s security zone ignoring the border guards warnings, opened fire to the Iranian forces but finally fled into the Pakistan’s territories after they failed to confront an hour-long fire exchange,” General Komeili said, reiterating that the smugglers also left behind drugs consignment before escaping into the Pakistan’s soil.

Sistan and Balouchestan is the vastest Province of Iran which shares borders with Pakistan and Afghanistan.