TEHRAN: A prominent lawmaker demanded Pakistan to transfer security control over its shared borders with Iran to the Islamic Republic over “Islamabad’s failure in several cases to stop operations of terrorist groups which take shelter in Pakistan’s territories after attacking Iran”.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran believes that since Pakistan is not capable enough of securing its common borders with Iran, it should entrust this arduous task to Iran,” member of the parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Evaz Heidarpour said. The remarks of the Iranian lawmaker come after the Iranian security guards were kidnapped by militant group from about 15 km inside of Iranian territory and their security was unable to prevent the kidnapping or apprehend them.
He explained that the volatile situation along the Iran-Pakistan common border could open a Pandora’s box, and said, “Tehran has proposed that Islamabad hand over to Iran the full responsibility of ensuring security along the border, but Pakistan has not yet given a response in that regard.”
Another prominent Iranian legislator asked the Pakistani government to take stern action to set free the Iranian border guards who were abducted by Jeish Al-Adl terrorist group in early February and one of whom was killed last week. “Pakistani government is responsible for the safety of the abducted Iranian border guards,” rapporteur of the parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Seyed Hossein Naqavi Hosseini said on Sunday.
He called for tough action against the culprits behind the abduction of the Iranian border guard in order to prevent repetition of such acts in the future. In relevant remarks on Saturday, another senior Iranian lawmaker called on Islamabad to take serious action to release the abducted Iranian border guards. “The Pakistani government should take necessary measures to force Jeish Al-Adl terrorist group to release the kidnapped Iranian border guards,” member of the parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Mohammad Esmayeeli told reporters. He reiterated that although the intensive negotiations have been held between the Iranian and Pakistani officials, such efforts have so far failed.
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