QUETTA: The 17th Pak-Iran Joint Border Commission on Friday formed a committee on border reported violations and agreed on joint efforts for tracking down the missing Iranian border guards.
The commission also called for taking stern action against elements using their soil for vicious plans.
It was third day of the high level meeting which took place in the aftermath of abduction of five Iranian border guards on February 6 and to discuss issues of firing of rockets and mortar shells by Iranian forces into the border areas of Balochistan.
Other issues, including increased border trade, repair of boundary walls, extradition of captives, issuance of passports and joint border patrolling, were also discussed during the course of meeting in the provincial capital of Balochistan.
Chief Secretary Balochistan Babar Yaqoob Fateh Muhammad led the Pakistani delegation whereas Deputy Governor Sistan-Balochistan Ali Asghar Shikari represented Iran.
Iranian Council General in Quetta Syed Hasan Yehyavi, Home Secretary Balochistan Asad Gilani and Inspector General of Balochistan Police Mushtaq Sukhaira were also present.
“The lack of communication caused confusion between the two brotherly countries Pakistan and Iran,” the chief secretary Balochistan stressed, adding that both sides have decided to meet on a regular basis to discuss issues to avoid any confusion in the future.
The 16th border commission meeting was held four years ago. The chief secretary said, “We share deep concerns with the Iran over the kidnapping of their border guards, and we are ready to assist Iran in this connection.”
“We have formed a joint committee comprising officials from both sides which would review violation of border and keep an eye on the elements opposed to peace, across the border,” he said.
The committee would further present its recommendation to the Joint Border Commission.
“Consensus has been developed to ensure joint patrolling on the borders and take stern action against the elements causing law and order,” he said. He added the Iranian delegation had agreed to take steps for the opening of the legal trade gate at Makran and provision of electricity to the Pakistani post near Sistan-Balochistan border.
Deputy Governor Sistan-Balochistan Ali Asghar Shikari, on the occasion, lauded the goodwill of the Pakistani delegation.
Stressing the need for joint efforts against the menace of terrorism, he noted that Pakistan and Iran had cordial relations and both were determined to boost relations in the future.”
“We want to strengthen our relations and in this connection we have invited Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif to visit Iran,” he said, adding the governor and chief minister of Balochistan have also been invited while the speaker of Balochistan Assembly would visit Iran soon.
People of Iran and Pakistan share same culture and there is dire need to bring the people of both countries closer, he said.
“Matter of increasing trade between the two countries was assigned to the trade commission,” he added.
The deputy governor said the 18th meeting of Joint Border Commission has been convened on August 24 in the Zahidan city of Sistan-Balochistan.
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