Pakistan urged to rein in terrorists on Iran border

A top Iranian lawmaker urges Pakistan to stop the activities of terrorist groups in border areas with Iran, voicing Tehran’s readiness to cooperate with Islamabad in this regard.

“It is necessary that Pakistani officials prevent anti-security activities of rogue elements and terrorist  groups in border regions between the two countries by any means,” First Vice Speaker of Iran’s Majlis Mohammad Hassan Aboutorabi-Fard said in a meeting with Speaker of Provincial Assembly of Balochistan Mir Jan Muhammad Jamali in Tehran on Sunday.

He also denounced the recent abduction of five Iranian border guards and their transfer to Pakistan, stating that the repetition of such incidents would negatively and harmfully disrupt bilateral ties.

Jamali, for his part, expressed regret over recent developments in border areas between Iran and Pakistan, stressing that enemies will not succeed to disrupt Islamabad-Tehran brotherly ties by means of such acts of terror.

On February 27, Spokesman for the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Seyyed Hossein Naqavi Hosseini said that the five Iranian border guards are unharmed and in good health.

“We are completely sure about the good health condition of the five Iranian border guards until now. However, no negotiations have been conducted with the hostage-taking group either directly or through intermediaries,” he said.

Iran’s Police Chief Brigadier General Esmail Ahmadi-Moqaddam has also said efforts are underway to “secure the freedom of the kidnapped border guards through cooperation among the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), the Police Force, the Intelligence Ministry and the diplomatic apparatus.”

The Iranian border guards were abducted in Jakigour region of Sistan and Baluchestan Province on February 6 and taken to Pakistani territory.

The so-called Jaish-ul-Adl terrorist group claimed responsibility for the abductions.

A week ago, Tehran and Islamabad held a joint border commission meeting in the Pakistani city of Quetta to discuss the abductions.

On October 25, 2013, Jaish-ul-Adl killed 14 Iranian border guards and wounded six others in the border region near the city of Saravan in Sistan and Baluchestan 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.