Prime minister of Pakistan visiting Iran after trading political blows


Speaking at a joint press conference with the Iranain President Hassan Rauhani, Prime Minister Imran Khan said both the countries would not allow terrorist activities from each other's sides.

"The whole country is angry and upset over the Ormara massacre and wants to know why this incident has taken place and who is behind it", Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said while addressing a press conference.

This came just a day before Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan will leave on his two-day first official visit to Tehran, on the invitation of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

Pakistan and Iran on Monday agreed to boost security cooperation and set up a Joint Rapid Reaction Force to fight terrorism and guard the common border between the two countries. They checked the identity cards of all the passengers and off loaded fourteen of them who in fact belonged to the security forces of Pakistan.

The aim of the trip was to "develop ties between the two countries, especially those related to regional cooperation in fighting terrorism and safeguarding borders", according to state television. This is his first visit to Iran since he took office previous year.

Pakistan have created a new Frontier Corps to more effectively control its 950-kilometer long border with Iran, he said.

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As the terrorists had camouflaged themselves in the uniform of the Frontier Corps, it is very much obvious that they simply wanted to give an impression that this cowardly act was done by the security personnel of Pakistan.

For his part, Khan said that militants should not be permitted to use the Pakistani soil to commit terrorist acts. Pakistani officials said the group's base of support extends into the Iranian border territory where the militants have "training and logistic camps". But unfortunately, Pakistan, Iran, India and Afghanistan had a very low proportion of bilateral trade with the neighbouring countries, he added.

Ethnic Baloch people straddle the porous and lengthy Iran-Pakistan border, with many insurgent groups crisscrossing the border to the annoyance of authorities. This closeness would certainly bring a new spring of peace and prosperity in the region. "We have also identified location of these camps and expect that our brotherly neighbor Iran will take action against these organizations", the Pakistani foreign minister said.

He further said that he had spoken to his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif, conveying "the sorrow and anger of the Pakistani masses" at the incident.

Pakistani premier Imran Khan is due to arrive in Tehran on Sunday for a two-day visit. Irrespective of the fact that Iran had been facing sanctions and Pakistan was also going through hard period, the two countries should start developing bilateral trade, he added. "Terrorists, extremists and their sponsors are terrified by close relations between Muslim states", he tweeted.