Aiming to crush militancy in the border Pakistan and Iran will set up a joint border “reaction force”.
Decision was taken after Iran faced deadly attacks on their frontier. The Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced yesterday after talks with visiting Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Making the annoucement at the joint news conference with Rouhani, Pakistan Imran Khan said, ‘The most important reason why I’m here, Mr President, is because I felt that the issue of terrorism was going to … increase differences between our countries. So it was very important for me to come here and come with our security chief that we resolve this issue. We agreed to create a joint rapid reaction force at the borders for combatting terrorism,” Rouhani announced, following months of increased tensions over attacks on both sides of the frontier’.
The border skirts the volatile southeastern Iranian province of Sistan-Baluchistan which has been the scene of frequent attacks on Iran’s security forces.
Khan’s visit to Iran, the first since he took office last year, comes after gunmen who Islamabad says were based in Iran killed 14 members of Pakistan’s security forces last week in its own Baluchistan province.