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Pakistan will cooperate with Iran over guard: Envoy

Politics - The government of Pakistan has reaffirmed its commitment to cooperating with Tehran to establish the fate of an Iranian border guard that is yet to be released after being kidnapped by the Jaish-ul-Adl terrorist group.

“I would like to announce the Pakistani government’s commitment to determining the fate of the fifth abducted Iranian border guard Jamshid Danaeifar, and say that we will cooperate with our Iranian brothers in that regard,” Noor Mohammad Jadmani, the Pakistani ambassador to Iran, said on Wednesday.

On February 6, Jaish-ul-Adl kidnapped five Iranian border guards in Jakigour region in the southeastern Iranian province of Sistan-and-Baluchestan and took them to the Pakistani territory. On March 23, the terror group claimed that it had killed one of the hostages named Jamshid Danaeifar.

Four of the five guards were freed and reunited with their families two months after their abduction.

Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli has said there is no conclusive evidence to prove that the fifth abducted border guard had been slain by the terrorist group.

“From the very first day the administration of the Islamic Republic of Iran reported the abduction of the border guards..., this country (Pakistan) expressed its readiness to cooperate with the Islamic Republic,” the Pakistani ambassador added.

On the terrorist group’s motive behind the kidnapping, Jadmani said, “They wanted to damage the relations between the two countries, and we do not want to such incidents in bilateral ties.”

He also described Iran as a friendly country, saying Islamabad is intent on expanding relations with the Islamic Republic.

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