Iran urges Pakistan to do more to release abducted border guards
The speaker of Iranian Parliament (Majlis), Ali Larijani, has urged Pakistan to do more to secure the release of abducted Iranian border guards.
In a meeting with the Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan, Asad Qaiser, Larijani also called for further cooperation between Iran and Pakistan in the fight against terrorism, Iran press reported.
Congratulating Qaiser on his election as speaker, Larijani hoped that the two countries’ parliamentary cooperation would improve.
Noting that Pakistan and Iran are friends and neighbours, he added, “We need to strengthen our economic cooperation, in addition to cooperation in the fight against terrorism.”
Stressing the need for promoting cooperation in the field of tourism, Larijani said that the two countries boast of good capacities which should be used in line with boosting bilateral relations.
Qaiser, for his part, expressed grief over terror attack in Chabahar which killed two Iranians and injured at least 40 others.
“Iran and Pakistan are brotherly and neighboring states and we honor having ties with it,” he said.
Stressing the need for promoting bilateral relations, he said that Pakistan favours uprooting terrorism which requires all-out cooperation between all countries.
“I hoped that we would able to take steps in line with eliminating terrorism and developing bilateral ties during the ongoing conference,” he said.
Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan is in Iran to attend the second edition of an international gathering of Parliament speakers from Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, Turkey, China and Russia on fight against terrorism and expansion of inter-regional ties.
The so-called Jaish-ul-Adl terrorist group infiltrated the country from the Pakistani side of the border on October 15 and took hostage 14 border guards
The incident had happened about 50 kilometers from the town of MirJaveh in Balouchestan of southeastern Iran, very close to the border with Pakistan.
On November 22, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said the five abductees returned to Iran after consultations and interaction with Pakistan. 101/211 / 202