Pakistan has never acted against Iranian interests

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National Security Adviser of Pakistan Nasser Khan Janjua in a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif assured Tehran that his country never approves or supports the groups which act against Iran’s interests and security.

During the meeting in Islamabad on Wednesday, Janjua reassured the Iranian side of Pakistan’s persistent efforts to work against those who are hurting the common interests of both countries.

Pakistan could neither approve nor support any group who can work against Iran, he underscored.

Zarif, for his part, stressed the need to establish effective joint mechanisms at local and national levels, saying that the Pakistani authorities should take effective measures to stop terrorist activities in border area.

In the meeting, both sides agreed to practically improve the focus on resolving the issues through border mechanism and enhance engagements between the civil and military leadership.

Zarif said on Wednesday that Iran and Pakistan have agreed to establish a hotline contact between Director Generals of Military Operations and border commanders of the two countries to have better security on border.

He made the remarks after a meeting with Pakistani Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa in Rawalpindi.

This is the first time that such a high-level Iranian delegation comprising of political, security and military officials is visiting Pakistan on border issue.

Earlier, on Wednesday, Zarif asked the Pakistani government to immediately capture and punish the perpetrators of the recent terrorist attack that killed nine Iranian border guards near Mirjaveh in the Southeastern province of Sistan and Balouchestan.

Zarif made the remarks in a meeting with Pakistani Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan in Islamabad.

During the meeting, he underlined the age-old relations between Iran and Pakistan, and stressed the need for resolving the border problems, strong fight against terrorism and prosecuting, detaining and punishing the terrorist groups, specially the perpetrators of the recent cross-border attack against the Iranian border guards.

Ali Khan, for his part, underscored his country’s preparedness to settle the problems at the political and military levels and through contacts between the two countries’ local officials.

Last week, nine Iranian border guards were killed and two others injured in clashes near the Iranian town of Mirjaveh. The Jeish ul-Adl terrorist group in a statement claimed responsibility for the attack.

Last Thursday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani extended his condolences over the death of the Iranian border guards, urging rapid steps to identify and punish the perpetrators.

“I ask the government of friendly and neighboring Pakistan, which this blind and cowardly act has taken place on their side of border, to take a responsible step and identify, introduce and punish members of the terrorist and Takfiri groups, who are behind this crime, as soon as possible.”

President Rouhani also ordered Iran’s Supreme National Security Council and Ministry of Foreign Affairs to follow up on this issue with diligence so as to prevent repetition of such “unmanly acts” of terrorism.

President Rouhani also asked Pakistani Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif to immediately prosecute the perpetrators of the terrorist attack.

The Iranian president in his message voiced deep regret and concern over the terrorist attacks launched from Pakistan on the Iranian territory.

“The Iranian territory has never been invaded by its neighbors, including Pakistan, but regrettably lack of appropriate measures and necessary prosecution on the part of Pakistani government has caused great loss of lives and property for the Islamic Republic of Iran,” President Rouhani said in his message.

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