Iranian MPs to Visit SE Borderlands
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A number of the Iranian parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission members will go to the country’s southeastern province of Sistan and Balouchestan to get updated on the status of security along the borders, a lawmaker announced.
Rapporteur of the commission Seyed Hossein Naqavi Hosseini told Tasnim that the visit to the southeastern border areas takes place on Saturday and Sunday.
In their trip, the lawmakers will visit the borderline, observe the security hardware used by border guards, and assess the status of security along the desert borderlands, he added.
According to Naqavi Hosseini, the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission will prepare a report after the visit and submit it to the parliament.
Located in southeast of Iran, the large province of Sistan and Balouchestan borders Pakistan and Afghanistan, and has a long coastline by the Sea of Oman.
The desert province grapples with severe water shortage, particle pollution, underdeveloped infrastructure and transit of illicit drugs.
In December 2016, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei issued an order to withdraw a sum of $500 million from the National Development Fund of Iran for development projects in Sistan and Balouchestan.
Meanwhile, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Ground Force has mobilized all available resources for development of the province.
In February, the IRGC Ground Force inaugurated 823 development projects in Sistan and Balouchestan, including the construction of free settlements for impoverished families, supplying water to outlying regions, and creation of jobs in various fields such as agriculture and road construction.