1131 GMT January 18, 2019
A commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) said on Tuesday that Pakistani officials have promised full cooperation on the release of Iranian border guards recently kidnapped by terrorists based in Pakistan.
Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour made the remarks after a day-long visit to neighboring Pakistan to discuss the fate of the abducted border guards, IRNA reported.
The so-called Jaish ul-Adl terrorist group on Sunday posted two photos on its social media channel and claimed responsibility for the abduction of 12 Iranian security personnel on October 16.
The IRGC commander added that during his meetings with Pakistani officials he conveyed Tehran’s concerns on the incident, stressing, “We are confident that Pakistan will take all possible actions” to help the release of Iranian forces.
Pakpour said that, definitely, a third party is trying to damage strong ties between Tehran and Islamabad.
“Pakistani brothers have been informed about the presence of a third party on the border region with the aim of disturbing bilateral ties,” Pakpour said.
Iranian and Pakistani officials also discussed improving border security by increasing the number of Pakistani troops along the border.
Pakpour said that Iran had fenced almost 90 percent of its border with Pakistan and expects that the Pakistani side would also take further steps to strengthen security of the border to prevent attacks by terrorists on Iranian border forces.