Pakistan Iran to enhance joint border patrolling

Pakistan Iran to enhance joint border patrolling

TEHRAN - The consensus was reached during a regular border meeting between the delegations of Iran and Pakistan at Taftan border, local media reported on Wednesday.

Pakistan’s side was headed by Chagai Deputy Commissioner Imran Ibrahim Bangulzai, while Mirjaveh District Administrator Ibrahim Jannati represented the Iranian side.

The Iranian side informed the Pakistani hosts that the Zero Point Gate border check post at Taftan will reopen once fencing is complete.

It was agreed by the civil and paramilitary officials from both sides to enhance joint patrolling on Pak-Iran border to avoid any outside interference.

In the two-hour long meeting, border control measures, particularly curbing drugs and human trafficking, were discussed thoroughly.

Iranian officials also demanded handing over of those Iran's citizens suspected of committing criminal activities from Pakistan.

In a relevant development in early December, Iranian and Pakistani officials in a meeting in Karachi underlined the need for broadening mutual cooperation between the two countries.

During the meeting in Karachi, Iranian Ambassador to Pakistan Mehdi Honardoust and Governor of Southern Sindh Province Muhammad Zubair explored avenues for bolstering and reinvigorating bilateral relations in trade and economic fields.

"People of Pakistan and Iran are closely linked to each other through centuries old relationship based on common religious beliefs and cultural norms," Zubair said during the meeting.

"Karachi is the economic hub of Pakistan and restoration of peace has revived the potential it holds as a major port city in the region," he added.

Zubair invited Iranian investors to take advantage of the economic opportunities in the province that will serve both the sides.

Honardoust, for his part, said Iran will continue its support for the development of Sindh province.