Iran announces joint border security force with Pakistan
Apr 25, 2019, 00:31
Leaders of Pakistan and Iran agreed Monday to expand border security cooperation to fight terrorist groups waging deadly attacks in both countries, and vowed to continue joint efforts to help bring peace to their conflict-ravaged neighbor Afghanistan. Leadership of both the countries also agreed to further strengthen bilateral trade and economic ties.
Iran's Shi'ite Muslim authorities say militant groups operate from safe havens in Pakistan and have repeatedly called on the neighbouring country to crack down on them. In March, Rouhani demanded Pakistan act "decisively against anti-Iranian terrorists".
Pakistan has created a new Frontier Corps to more effectively control its 950-kilometre long border with Iran, he said.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday came under attack by the Opposition for acknowledging in Tehran that in the past militants had used his country's soil to carry out attacks in Iran.
The Foreign Office said the "terrorists" belonging to Baloch nationalist groups were operating from a border region in Iran and has asked Tehran to take action against them.
"Rather than fighting one another through militants or proxy groups, Pakistan and Iran should invest in trade and people", Akram Dashti, a Pakistani senator from Balochistan told The National.
PPP MNA Hina Rabbani Khar, who has previously served as the country's foreign minister, was unforgiving in her criticism of Prime Minister Imran's statements. "The illegal occupation of Golan Heights by Israel, making Jerusalem its capital and violating the global law, will lead to further uncertainty in the Middle East", he said. In December previous year, he referred to Africa as an "emerging country". In the past [few years] we have lost around 70,000 people. "Once the Kashmir issue is settled, the whole sub-continent will move forward", he added. He also extended invitation to President Rouhani to visit Pakistan, which the latter accepted.
In a speech laden with cricket metaphors, Khan, who led Pakistan's cricket team to World Cup triumph in 1992, said such changes were part of good leadership.
However, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on Friday condemned the attack and said his country stands with the people and government of Pakistan.
Pakistan sent a protest letter to Iran on Saturday demanding action against Tehran-based "terrorists" involved in a recent targeted killing of its 14 security personnel, mostly from the Pakistan Navy.
The border guard police forces and the intelligence agencies of Iran and Pakistan are going to form a joint rapid reaction force at the common border for the war on terrorism, he added.
Rouhani also said that the Pakistani premier assured him that Pakistan "has never joined and will never join any coalition" against Iran. Sistan-Baluchistan executed 29 ethnic Baloch from a total of 270 people subject to capital punishment a year ago, the report says.
Iranian and Pakistani health ministers, respectively Saeed Namaki and Zafar Mirza, signed a memorandum of understanding on health in Tehran on Monday.
Meanwhile, the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said they discussed issues in the region including cooperation in Afghan process.
As Prime Minister Imran Khan arrived at the Saadabad Palace, an official welcome ceremony was held in his honour.
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