Pakistani authhorities have vowed to tighten security along the border with Iran in a bid to halt terrorist attacks against Iranian guards.
The commitment was made during a meeting between security officials of the two states in the Iranian capital, Tehran on Wednesday.
At the meeting, the Pakistani delegation headed by Frontier Corps Inspector General Major General Ejaz Shahid, and the Iranian team led by Commander of Iran’s Border Police Brigadier General Qasem Rezaei discussed the recent border incidents and other issues pertaining to the two countries’ frontiers.
“Both chiefs of border forces…agreed to tighten security at the border besides sharing intelligence information to maintain peace and order at the border,” said Khan Wasay, a spokesman for Pakistan’s Frontier Corps (FC).
“Cooperation between the two countries in battling terrorists is indispensable,” Dawn online quoted the spokesman as saying.
Shahid was quoted by the spokesman as telling Iranian officials that “Pakistan wants durable relations with its neighbors and peace in the region.”
The meeting came days after Iran summoned Pakistani Ambassador to Tehran Noor Mohammad Jadmani over a series of terrorist incidents that killed several Iranian guards at the Pakistani border.
In the latest border clashes, two Iranian border police officers were killed and several border guards were injured in southeastern Iran on October 16 in an armed conflict with a group of bandits at Iran-Pakistan border.
Iran has repeatedly criticized its eastern neighbors for failing to rein in terrorists who cross the borders back into these countries after carrying out their attacks on Iranian soil.
On Saturday, the second-in-command of the Ground Forces of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Abdollah Araqi said Iran has evidence proving that terrorists have infiltrated into Iran from neighboring Pakistan.
On October 8, three Iranian police officers were killed when they, along with other patrol police forces, came under a night attack by armed bandits while on a mission in the city of Saravan in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan.
Another police officer was killed after an explosives-laden car taken to the police station by terrorists went off hours after the first incident.
Iranian security forces have apprehended a number of perpetrators behind the recent killings. There are reports that Pakistan’s controversial spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) is escorting the terrorists to the border for operation inside Iran.