Pakistan engaged Iran to curb cross-border militants’ movement, foreign minister Qureshi says

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Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said on Thursday the country has been positively engaged Iran to curb the cross-border militants’ movement.

According to Dawn news reports, Qureshi told the National Assembly certain elements were hurting the relationship between both sides by carrying out terror acts in both nations. He said he met with Iranian foreign minister four times during which they held discussions based on the “border challenges”.

Pakistan has 905 kilometres border alongside Iranian border and sough to keep it peaceful, Qureshi said.

“We have cooperated with each other, some steps have been taken. We are increasing some of our Frontier Corps regiments, we are building a headquarters in Turbat so that there is a rapid response, our helicopter surveillance near the border has increased, and we have agreed on the formation of a joint border centre and border fencing,” he said.

Responding to criticism by the opposition on Prime Minister Imran Khan’s comment during his trip to Tehran, Quresh stated Khan’s remarks has been quoted out of context.

Qureshi reiterated his claims the last month’s terrorist attack in Balochistan on the convoys on the Coastal Highway was carried out by the militants who crossed the Iranian border and entered Pakistan.

 

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