Third parties trying to deteriorate Pakistan Iran ties, claims Pakistan Military

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Third parties trying to deteriorate Pakistan Iran ties, claims Pakistan Military

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan's Army Director General of Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor underlined that his country tries to prevent terrorist attacks similar to the February 13 suicide blast against the IRGC bus in Southeastern Iran.

"We are attempting to stop incidents like the terrorist attack against the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) in Zahedan and we will cooperate with Iran to probe into the issue," General Ghafoor, who is also the Pakistani army's spokesman, said on Saturday.

He also warned that third parties are after distorting relations between Pakistan and Iran, and acknowledged the common borders of his country with Iran and Afghanistan are the scene of many terrorist attacks.

"Terrorism is the common challenge of all regional states and we should resolve this issue collectively," General Ghafoor said.

His remarks alluded to the terrorist attack against the IRGC's bus carrying personnel on a road from the city of Khash to Zahedan, the capital of Iran's Southeastern province of Sistan and Balouchestan on February 13 with a truck loaded with explosives.

A statement released by the Quds Base of the IRGC's Ground Force at the time said the bus was carrying a group of IRGC personnel "coming back from a border guarding mission when it came under a suicide car attack by Takfiri terrorists", but did not mention the number of passengers.