Iran, Pakistan call for closer coop. against terrorism, organized crime
Iran’s deputy cmdr. of General Staff of Iranian Armed Forces and Pakistan Secretary of Defense met Sun. in Tehran and stressed resolve to develop defense cooperation in combating terrorism and organized crime.
Brigadier General Ghadir Nezami, Deputy Commander of General Staff of Iranian Armed Forces for International Affairs, held talks with Pakistan Secretary of Defense Ikram ul Haq on Sunday in Tehran.
During the meeting, the two sides discussed the various aspects of military, defense, and security cooperation, voicing satisfaction at the expansion of cooperation between Tehran and Islamabad and exchanging views on ways to develop ties in line with common interests.
Other topics of discussion raised during the meeting included security at shared borders, common approaches toward combating terrorism and organized crime, as well as adoption of strategies to further develop defense and military cooperation between the two countries.
Following the visit of Chief of General Staff of Iranian Armed Forces, Major General Mohammad Hossein Bagheri, to Islamabad and the visit of General Qamar Javed Bajwa, the Chief of Army Staff of the Pakistan Army, to Tehran, a new round of relations has kicked off between the two countries’ armed forces.
Senior military officials from Iran and Pakistan have discussed defense cooperation as well as security along the common border, even as Iran has reported that it had killed the second in command of the group Jaish al Adl which it claims is based in the province of Balochistan in Pakistan.
The meeting between the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces for Internal Affairs, Brigadier General Qadir Nezami, and Pakistan’s Defense Secretary, Lieutenant General Ikramul Haq would have covered this issue in detail given the sensitivity of terrorist attacks in the country especially after the Ahvaz strike in which 29 Iranians were killed.
While the threat from the Jaish al Adl is mainly to the border forces and it has not attacked civilians in large numbers the need to coordinate regional cooperation and fight against terrorist groups that launch occasional attacks on Iranian border guards from inside Pakistan has been stated by Tehran from time to time.