ISLAMABAD -- Former Pakistani envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says that sometimes non-state actors cause problems on Iran-Pakistan border but both countries with their close cooperation can easily handle such issues.
In an interview with IRNA, Ali Sarwar Naqvi, also Executive Director of the Center for International Strategic Studies (CISS), said there is no territorial dispute between Iran and Pakistan.
He said there is only the question of some criminal elements and non-state actors creating problems between the two countries but that can be easily handled by both the governments and I think they should be doing that.
Earlier Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani during a phone conversation with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan had said that Iran awaits firm operation of Islamabad against terrorists who use the Pakistani land to carry out attacks on Iran .
The Pakistani prime minister, for his part, vowed that his country’s government and army will make every effort to annihilate the terrorists and not allow them to use the Pakistani soil against the neighboring countries, Iran in particular.
The development came following the February 14 attack near Zahedan in Iran 's southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan which martyred 27 people.
Ali Sarwar Naqvi, expressing his views, said this is a very good development because the leaders at the highest level should always interact with each other and discuss current problems.
The analyst noted there has been some unhappiness in Iran about the recent terrorist attack which was condemned by the Pakistan government, by the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister.
“So the government of Pakistan has nothing to do with it and therefore this position has probably been explained to President Hassan Rouhani by Prime Minister Imran Khan,” added the expert.
Former ambassador went on to say that Prime Minister Imran Khan is having the matter investigated and if anybody involved with that terrorist attack is found in Pakistan will be apprehended and action will be taken against him.
He said Iran and Pakistan are two neighbors who do not have any dispute between them and that is very positive aspect of our relationship.
“What sometimes happen is that some non-stake actors do some kinds of terrorist activity and cause some problems on border but these are the things that can be controlled,” he viewed.