Iran wants Pakistan border control increased
Iran asks Pakistan to up border control
Sat, 26 Oct 2013 16:54:35 GMT
An Iranian official urges Pakistan to boost control over its borders with the Islamic Republic after a shooting by terrorists killed at least 14 border guards in the southeast of the country.
“We urge the Pakistani government to take more measures than before to seriously tighten control over its borders,” Iran’s Deputy Interior Minister Ali Abdollahi said Saturday.
He pointed to a security agreement signed between Iran and Pakistan and called for more serious measures by the Pakistani side to control its borders to curb terrorist activities.
Abdollahi said that Friday night’s terrorist attack seems to have been planned beyond the country’s borders, adding that the Interior and Foreign Ministries are jointly looking into the incident. He also said that the Supreme National Security Council would convene a meeting on Sunday to investigate the incident.
According to the official, 14 border guards were killed and six were injured in the attack in the border city of Saravan in Sistan-and-Baluchestan Province.
He said that three border guards were also taken hostage, adding that serious measures were under way to secure their release.
No group has yet taken responsibility for the attack, Abdollahi said.
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has called for an investigation into the shooting incident, tasking the Foreign Ministry with taking necessary measures to implement the border security agreement with Pakistan.
Iran and Pakistan signed a security agreement in February, under which both countries would cooperate in preventing and combating organized crime and will fight against terrorism and activities posing a threat to national security of either country.