The Foreign Minister of Iran Mr. Javad Zarif called Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi today to discuss the situation arising following abduction of Iranian guards near the Pakistan-Iran border point of Mirjaveh, on 16 October 2018.
FM Shah Mahmood Qureshi expressed his serious concern on the incident. He also briefed Mr. Zarif about the active efforts launched by the Pakistan law enforcement agencies to ascertain the whereabouts of the missing Iranian guards, in coordination with the Iranian military and intelligence counterparts. It was noted that the two Directors General (Military Operations) were in close contact through hotline to coordinate the search and rescue efforts including enhanced air surveillance and troops deployment in the border area where the incident took place.
Foreign Minister Qureshi said that such incidents are the handy work of our common enemies unhappy with the existing close, friendly relations between Pakistan and Iran. Reaffirming Pakistan’s commitment of not allowing anyone succeed in such malicious efforts, Mr. Qureshi noted that Pakistan and Iran have traditionally shared a ‘border of peace and friendship’ which would be maintained in the same spirit. Thanking the Foreign Minister, Mr. Javad Zarif underscored Iran’s desire to overcome all hurdles jointly with Pakistan in maintaining complete peace along the Pak-Iran border.