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MPs Ratify Bill on Enhancement of Iran-Pakistan Security Cooperation

TEHRAN, Apr. 07, 2014 (FNA)- The Iranian parliament, resolved to pave the ground for the eradication of terrorist operations alongside common borders with Pakistan, unanimously approved a bill to strengthen bilateral security cooperation between the two countries border guards.

In a Sunday session, the Iranian lawmakers approved the bill which is expected to prepare more grounds for the growing cooperation between Tehran and Islamabad to have joint campaign against terrorist groups operating on the border areas. The five Iranian border guards were abducted in Jakigour region of Irans Sistan and Balouchestan Province on February 6 and taken to Pakistan. One of the border guards was killed by the terrorist group last week.

The Iranian interior minister called on Pakistan to take more "measured and principled" action with respect to such issues and observe its legal obligations regarding its neighbors under international law.

On Sunday, Commander of the Iranian Border Guard Units General Hossein Zolfaqari underlined that the Pakistani security and military forces played no role in the freedom of the Iranian border guards who were released on Friday. "Although some actions were taken by the Pakistani border guards to find their Iranian colleagues, the Pakistani intelligence, military and police forces played no role in releasing the hostages," Zolfaqari said. He said that the abductees were released due to the joint cooperation among the border guards, Sistan and Balouchestan provinces General-Governor office and a number of regional tribal leaders. Zolfaqari also dismissed Pakistani officials claims that the kidnapped Iranian border guards were not kept in Pakistan, and said they were handed over to Iran from Pakistan.

The four Iranian border guards who had been handed over to the countrys officials in neighboring Pakistan on Friday returned home on Sunday morning two months after their abduction. "The four border guards entered Iran a few hours ago after crossing the Afghanistan-Pakistan border region," an informed source told FNA on Sunday.


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