Iran’s Top General Urges Pakistan to Help Free Abducted Border Guards
- May, 12, 2020 - 11:19
- Defense news
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri called on Pakistan to push for the release of three Iranian border guards who had been kidnapped at a border post and taken into Pakistan.
In a telephone conversation with Chief of Army Staff of the Pakistan Army General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Monday, Major General Baqeri called on the Pakistani Army officials to take decisive action for the release of three Iranian border guards who have been held hostage by the so-called Jaish-ul-Adl terrorist group since October 2018.
The top Iranian commander also stressed the need for the two Muslim neighbors to strengthen security measures along the common border to prevent the terrorist groups and the common enemies from upsetting security at the border.
Major General Baqeri then pointed to the growing trend in the brotherly ties between the armed forces of the two countries, and voiced Iran’s preparedness to enhance “defense-economic cooperation” with Pakistan.
General Qamar Javed Bajwa, for his part, gave a brief report on Pakistan’s measures to construct barriers along the common border with Iran.
He also called for closer military cooperation with Iran and the exchange of experts to ensure border security and prevent the terrorist activities along the common borders.
Pakistani-based terrorists kidnapped 14 Iranian forces at a border post in Mirjaveh region in Iran’s southeastern province of Sistan and Balouchestan in October 2018.
The Iranian military forces along the southeastern border areas are frequently attacked by terrorist groups coming from Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Tehran has frequently asked the two neighbors to step up security at the common border to prevent terrorist attacks on Iranian forces.