Pakistan to raise use of Iranian soil by Baloch terrorists as Iranian interior minister arrives today

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is set to raise the use of Iranian soil by Baloch terrorists to mount terrorist attacks against its  security forces in Balochistan as Iran’s Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi arrives Pakistan today on the invitation of Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed.

A source told Pakistan Today that Islamabad had raised the alleged involvement of Iranian elements in providing refuge and arms to Baloch terrorists. The official said that Pakistan had lodged a strong protest with Tehran over the recent attacks of Baloch terrorists and the martyrdom of around a dozen personnel of the security forces in these attacks.

The official said that Iranian official would discuss measures to clamp down on the Baloch terrorists who are using Iranian soil to mount attacks against Pakistan.

The interior ministry while detailing the visit shared that Sheikh Rasheed will welcome the visiting dignitary at the Noor Khan Airbase in Islamabad.

“The interior minister of Iran will meet several top government functionaries during his visit to Pakistan,” it said and added that a meeting with Prime Minister Imran Khan was also scheduled for Monday.

Sheikh Rasheed will also hold delegation-level talks with Ahmad Vahidi and discuss border management and the exchange of prisoners between the two countries.

Mr Vahidi would also make a call on with Prime Minister Imran Khan today while he is also expected to meet Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa.

In October 2021, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has emphasized enhanced economic integration and regional connectivity for peace and prosperity in the region.

Addressing a joint news conference with his Iranian counterpart Dr Hossein Amir-Abdollahian in Tehran, he said the interests of Pakistan and Iran are allied.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi said both the countries want peace, stability and prosperity in the region and realize that we have an important role to play.

He said history will judge us because Afghanistan is going through a critical period and the people of Afghanistan deserve peace and tranquility. Qureshi said we as neighbours stand by them in these difficult times.

Mian Abrar
Mian Abrar
The writer heads Pakistan Today's Islamabad Bureau. He has a special focus on counter-terrorism and inter-state relations in Asia, Asia Pacific and South East Asia regions. He tweets as @mian_abrar and also can be reached at [email protected]

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