Army chief seeks Iran’s cooperation in dealing with terrorists

Resolve to enhance security measures on either side of joint border

ISLAMABAD: Chief of the Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa on Monday sought Iran’s cooperation in dealing with terrorists near Pak Iran border.

Gen Bajwa called Chief of Staff of Iran’s Armed Forces Maj Gen Mohammad Baqeri against the backdrop of last Friday’s attack on a Frontier Corps patrol in the Buleda area of Kech district in which six troops, including Major Nadeem Bhatti, were martyred.

The attack, which took place about 14km from the Pak-Iran border, was claimed by the banned Baloch Libera­tion Army.

The Inter-Services Public Relations did not issue any statement on the conversation.

However, Iranian official newswire Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) rep­orted that the two generals discussed military developments, security of borders and the coronavirus crisis.

Pakistan’s Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Chief of Staff of Iran’s Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Bagheri during a telephonic conversation on Monday expressed resolve to enhance security measures on either side of joint border, a statement issued by army’s media wing IPSR said.

It said the recent terrorist attack on Pakistani security forces resulting in the killing of six security personnel near the Pak-Iran border also came under discussion.

“Both Commanders resolved to enhance security measures on either side of the border,” the statement further said.

According to the statement, the Army Chief said that Pakistan has started fencing the border but will require mutual bilateral cooperation to ensure border security and stem smuggling activity which is also used by terrorists and Narco traffickers for covering their movement.

“Both also discussed Covid-19 and need to improve border terminals to address such issues,” it added.

It said General Bajwa reiterated Pakistan’s desire for regional peace and stability on the basis of mutual respect, non-interference and equality.

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