World Bulletin/News Desk
The Pakistan-Iran joint border commission has stressed the need for coordinated efforts against cross-border terrorism and formed a committee to prepare a strategy for the recovery of kidnapped Iranian guards, Pakistani newspaper Dawn reported.
This was said by Balochistan Chief Secretary Babar Yaqoob Fateh Mohammad and the Deputy Governor of the Iranian province of Sistan-Baluchestan, Ali Asghar Mir Shikari, at a press conference here on Friday after the conclusion of a three-day meeting of the commission.
The two officials led the delegations of their countries in the meeting. It was attended by the Iranian Consul General in Quetta, Syed Hasan Yehyavi, Balochistan’s Home Secretary Asad Gilani and IG Mushtaq Sukhera.
According to the report, the meeting focused on the recent incident of kidnapping of five Iranian border guards and firing of rockets and mortar shells by Iranian forces into border areas of Balochistan.
Iran has threatened to send its troops into Pakistani territory to recover the guards who, it believes, have been taken across the border.
A relatively unknown militant organisation, Jaishul Adl, has claimed the responsibility for the kidnappings.
The commission also discussed promotion of cross-border trade, repair of the border wall called Iran-Pakistan Barrier, joint border patrol, opening of new gates at the border, electricity supply to border posts, extradition of prisoners and issuance of passports.
The chief secretary blamed lack of communication for creating misunderstanding between the two countries and said that both sides had decided to meet on a regular basis to avoid any confusion.
The joint border commission had met in Quetta after four years. Its next meeting will be held in Zahidan, Iran, in August.
The commission formed a committee comprising officials from both sides to review incidents of border violation and evolve a mechanism to keep an eye on elements creating trouble across the border. The committee will present its recommendation to the commission.
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