0739 GMT February 17, 2020
Qureshi on Saturday briefed the media on steps taken by the country to strengthen security along its border with Iran a day before Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan’s long-awaited visit to the country, Tasnim News Agency reported.
The foreign minister told a press conference in Islamabad that Pakistan had already taken “six steps” to ensure stability along the Iran border as part of a project dubbed the “Border of Peace.”
He said a new command has been formed in the Pakistani city of Turbat to improve the effectiveness of border guards deployment in the area while a new Frontier Corps will be responsible for smooth management of the border.
Qureshi said Iran and Pakistan had already started setting up joint border centers while agreeing to synchronize border patrolling exercises and carry out heli-surveillance to prevent incidents like those in the past that have affected security in the region.
The top Pakistani diplomat also elaborated that a project to fence the entire 950-kilometer border between Iran and Pakistan had already kicked off from the points frequently exploited by terrorist groups.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said his country is prepared to work with Pakistan in fight against terrorism, amid the recent terror attack in southwestern Pakistan, which killed 14 members of the country’s armed forces.
Zarif made the remarks in a Saturday phone conversation with his Pakistani counterpart.
Zarif condemned the recent terrorist attack on the Pakistani military and security forces, and expressed sympathy with the country’s nation and government over the inhumane act.
Heavily-armed assailants on Thursday shot dead at least 14 Pakistani Navy personnel after pulling them from several passenger buses on the Makran coastal highway between Karachi and the Gwadar port in Balochistan.
Also in a post on his official Twitter account on Friday, Zarif had condemned the terrorist attack in a tweet, saying, “Terrorists, extremists & their sponsors are terrified by close relations between Muslim states.”