Pakistan Must Take Swift Action to Secure Borders

Pakistan Must Take Swift Action to Secure Borders

Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli called on Pakistan to take swift measures to improve security along its borders with Iran. In a telephone conversation with Pakistani Federal Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Monday, Fazli said Islamabad should prevent the infiltration of terrorists into Iran, smuggling of narcotics and illegal crossing into Iran by Afghan nationals from the Pakistani border, Press TV reported.

He pointed to the recent terrorist act against Iranian border guards on the country's southeastern frontier near the town of Mirjaveh and said the incident was not expected, considering the cordial relations between the two countries. The Iranian minister invited Khan to pay a visit to Tehran and said, "We are ready to hold a conference on security, economic and border cooperation as soon as possible."

On April 26, 10 Iranian border guards were killed and three others injured in clashes near Mirjaveh in the southeastern Iranian province of Sistan-Baluchestan. The so-called Jaish ul-Adl terrorist group claimed the attack, which was launched from Pakistani soil. The assailants escaped into Pakistani territory immediately after the attack. Fazli also called for enhancing economic interaction and commercial cooperation between the two countries.

"Economic interaction in border areas can help establish sustainable security along common borders," he said.

The Pakistani minister said his country is determined to implement bilateral agreements. He added that the Pakistani prime minister has tasked him with implementing the agreements.

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