0218 GMT February 20, 2019
Speaking at a meeting with the speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan, Asad Qaiser, in Tehran on Friday evening, Larijani said terrorist groups have harmed regional countries, adding that they should be countered, Tasnim News Agency reported.
He expressed hope that with the cooperation of the Pakistani government, the Iranian border guards who are still held captive by terrorists would be freed and repatriated to Iran as soon as possible.
The Pakistani parliament speaker stressed the need for Tehran and Islamabad to boost relations in all areas and said his government wants to uproot terrorism and boost cooperation in the fight against terrorism.
On November 22, five of the 12 Iranian border guards who had been abducted by terrorists returned home following consultations with Pakistani diplomatic and military officials.
The so-called Jaish-ul-Adl terrorist group infiltrated the country from the Pakistani side of the border on October 15 and took hostage 14 border guards, local Basij forces, and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) members.
The IRGC Ground Force’s Quds Base announced in October that the local Basij forces and the border regiment forces stationed at the border post in Mirjaveh region in Iran’s southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan had been abducted after “acts of treason and collusion” involving an element or elements of the anti-revolution groups who had infiltrated the country.
In recent years, terrorist groups coming from Afghanistan and Pakistan have launched several attacks on Iranian military forces along the southeastern border areas.
Tehran has frequently asked the two neighbors to step up security at the common border to prevent terrorist attacks on Iranian forces.