Pakistan plans to secure common border with Iran: Envoy
A Pakistani diplomat says his country has plans to improve security along its common border with Iran.
Pakistan is conducting various operations to tackle terrorism which will be beneficial to the entire region, Pakistan's Ambassador to Tehran Noor Mohammad Jadmani told IRNA on Saturday.
Islamabad needs to get on board regional and neighboring countries, namely Afghanistan, in its campaign against terrorism, said the diplomat.
He said cooperation with neighboring countries can help eradicate terrorism in the region, which will benefit all.
Acts of terrorism has cost Afghanistan some USD 100 billion over the past recent years, he said, adding his country has always been determined to counter terror.
In a meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Tehran on May 11, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said terrorism is a “big and serious” problem in the region, stressing that Iran and Pakistan can fight terrorism in cooperation with other regional countries.
“All regional and Arab countries must believe that the presence of terrorist groups will not help peace, stability and the interests of any country,” Rouhani added.
This comes as Jaish-ul-Adl terrorists kidnapped five Iranian border guards in Jakigour region in Sistan and Baluchestan, bordering Pakistan, on February 6 and took them to the Pakistani territory.
In a message on April 6, Iran’s Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli said efforts by security and diplomatic bodies as well as locals had borne fruit and four of the abductees had been freed and reunited with their families.
However, the fate of the fifth border guard, Jamshid Danaeifar, has not been determined yet.
On October 25, 2013, Jaish-ul-Adl killed 14 Iranian border guards and wounded six others in the border region near the city of Saravan in Sistan and Baluchestan Province.