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Pakistan, Iran agree to enhance border security

QUETTA: Pakistan and Iran have agreed to enhance border security by installing latest vigilance equipment.They signed five MoUs in connection with border activities after three-day meetings of Pakistan-Iran Joint Border Commission in Quetta.They agreed that terrorists would not be allowed to use their soils for attacks on each other’s country.Pak-Iran also agreed to establish border markets at Gabd Gwadar, Taftan, Panjgur, Washuk and Mand.Establishing a rail-link between Gwadar and Chahbahar also featured in the talks.The Deputy Governor of Sistan-Balochistan Ali Asghar Mir Shekari said the proposed rail-link between Gwadar and Chahbahar would provide Pakistan access up to Europe.Earlier, Iranian Deputy Governor Mirshekari and his delegation also called on Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri where they agreed on eradication of terrorist activities on the borders and sharing of information between the border guards of Pakistan and Iran.During the meeting, the two sides agreed that Pakistan and Iran would not let their soil to be used against each other and that safe havens of terrorists would be decimated. They agreed to increase the yearly bilateral trade volume to $5 billion after the lifting of international sanctions against the Islamic republic.

Chief Minister Zehri said he and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif were determined to eradicate terrorism from Pakistan. “This is why my family has repeatedly been targeted by terrorists,” he added. He also directed top administration and security officials to coordinate with Iranian authorities and devise a joint strategy for eradication of terrorism. Mirshekari said his country was willing to remove all obstacles in the way of cooperation to pave way for enhanced trade between the two countries.


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