1129 GMT January 18, 2019
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Dr. Mohammad Faisal said at his weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Thursday that Foreign Minister of Iran Javad Zarif had called Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi to discuss the situation arising following the abduction of Iranian guards near the Pakistan-Iran border point of Mirjaveh, on October 16, 2018, IRNA reported.
He said FM Qureshi briefed Mr. Zarif about the active efforts launched by the Pakistan law enforcement agencies to ascertain the whereabouts of the missing Iranian guards, in coordination with the Iranian military and intelligence counterparts.
“It was noted that the two Directors General (Military Operations) were in close contact through the hotline to coordinate the search and rescue efforts, including enhanced air surveillance and troops deployment in the border area where the incident took place,” he said.
He said: Foreign Minister Qureshi said that such incidents are the handy work of our common enemies unhappy with the existing close, friendly relations between Pakistan and Iran.
“Reaffirming Pakistan’s commitment of not allowing anyone succeeds in such malicious efforts, Mr. Qureshi noted that Pakistan and Iran have traditionally shared a ‘border of peace and friendship’ which would be maintained in the same spirit,” said the spokesperson.
He said that during the conversation Javad Zarif underscored Iran’s desire to overcome all hurdles jointly with Pakistan in maintaining complete peace along the Pak-Iran border.
Jaish al-Adl, the terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the act.
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Dr. Mohammad Faisal replying to a question said that Pakistan wants all countries to uphold Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). He said that options other than dialogue will not be successful on the matter.
To another question, he said Pakistan authorities are in touch with the authorities in Iran and Iraq to help facilitate pilgrims. He added that Pakistan authorities are working closely with Iraqi authorities to resolve the visa issue.
He said that there is no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan and the most viable way forward is an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process.
He said Pakistan welcomes efforts for a negotiated settlement and will extend all possible support in this regard.
“Pakistan wishes to see peace and stability in Afghanistan which is an important neighboring and brotherly country,” he said.
Dr. Mohammad Faisal said Pakistan is fencing its border with Afghanistan to check movement of undesirable elements. He said Afghanistan also needs to take similar steps.
The official added that CASA-1000 and other energy gas pipelines projects are win-win projects involving Pakistan, Afghanistan and other partner countries. He noted these projects will bring shared prosperity and economic development in the region.