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Iran Planning Stricter Border Control

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Iran’s Police Chief Brigadier General Esmayeel Ahmadi Moqaddam vowed to overcome deficiencies in controlling the country’s Southeastern borders, where a spat of terrorist attacks have been launched on Iran by terrorist groups who use neighboring Pakistan as their springboard.
“Our borders should receive more attention as the threats around us are serious,” Ahmadi Moqaddam told reporters in Tehran on Sunday.

He criticized certain neighboring states for their lax border control, and said, “Terrorist groups rather enjoy excessive freedom of action and use Pakistan’s soil to hit a blow at Iran.”

Yet, he underscored that his troops “chasing the terrorists”.

Ahmadi Moqaddam called for more investment in border control systems, and said, “We should have fully secure borders.”

Asked about the police’s plans for tightening border controls and sealing, he said 10 years ago terrorist attacks occurred in the Northern parts of the Southeastern province of Sistan and Balouchestan, but after Iran sealed the borders in those areas, insecurities spread to the regions whose borders with Pakistan have not yet been sealed.

His remarks came after four Iranian police officers, including a conscript, were killed in two terrorist attacks on a border post in Sistan and Balouchestan.

The tragic event took place on Wednesday and Thursday in the vicinity of the city of Saravan near the border with Pakistan.

The Iranian interior ministry on Saturday held Islamabad accountable for the terrorist attacks.

“We don’t expect the Pakistani government to allow the terrorist operations will be held against Iran from the Pakistani soil,” Interior Ministry Spokesman Hossein Ali Amiri told reporters in Tehran.

He called on the Iranian foreign ministry to take more active measures in contacts with Islamabad to make the Muslim neighboring state in order not to allow their country become a launchpad for terrorist operations against Iran.

Yet, the spokesman said the terrorist attacks did not have any military value as they were only some hit-and-run operations by the terrorists who sneak into Iran from a neighboring state, carry out terrorist operations and then escape to the same country.

Amiri called for Pakistan’s serious cooperation in preventing terrorists’ infiltration into the Iranian soil, and said, “The Pakistani government should be held accountable for the terrorist operations.”

Sistan and Balouchestan Province has been the scene of a number of terrorist attacks in recent years.

On February 6, Jaish al-Adl terrorists kidnapped five Iranian border guards in Jakigour region in Sistan and Balouchestan 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 were freed and reunited with their families.

On October 25, 2013, Jaish al-Adl terrorist group killed 14 Iranian border guards and wounded six others in the border region near the city of Saravan in Sistan and Balouchestan Province.

In February 2013, Iran and Pakistan signed a security agreement under which both countries are required to cooperate in preventing and combating organized crime, fighting terrorism and countering the activities that pose a threat to the national security of either country.

Iran has repeatedly called on Pakistan to comply with the terms of the agreement.

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