Iran has thanked Pakistan for the recovery of four of its border guards who were abducted by terror groups during October 2018.
The Iranian government’s spokesperson said they were grateful to the Government of Pakistan for its efforts for the recovery of Iranian border guards.
The Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it was thankful to the Pakistani government and Pakistan Army for safe recovery of Iranian soldiers, according to a spokesman for the ministry.
The spokesman said Pakistan-Iran security and intelligence cooperation for eradicating terrorism would continue.
Pakistani security forces recovered four abducted Iranian soldiers from Chagai district of Balochistan, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.
In a press release, the ISPR said that the security forces conducted a successful intelligence-based operation (IBO) at Amori area of Chaghai district, which is about 3-4 kilometres from the Pak-Afghan border.
The ISPR said that terrorists of a proscribed organisation were reported to have entered Pakistan from the Afghanistan side along with abducted Iranian soldiers.
It said that after an exchange of fire with terrorists, four Iranian soldiers were recovered from a transitioning hideout.
The Iranian soldiers were being handed over to the Iranian authorities, the ISPR added.
Earlier in November 2018, Pakistani security forces also safely recovered five of the 12 Iranian border guards who had been abducted by militants a month ago from Lulakdan area near the Pak-Iran border.
The Iranian security personnel including members of the Revolutionary Guards were kidnapped by militants on October 16 last year from a post in Mirjaveh region close to the border with Pakistan’s Balochistan province.
Later, the Iranian government sought Pakistan’s help in tracing those abducted guards.