Pakistan asks Iran to provide evidences of cross-border activity

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan asked Iran on Friday to provide proof that if it has evidence that elements from Pakistan are involved in terrorist activities in neighbouring country rather than hurling accusations.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ spokesperson Tasnim Aslam said on Friday, “We believe that if Iran has evidence that elements from Pakistan are involved in activities against Iran, they should share it with us.”

Addressing the weekly briefing at the ministry of foreign affairs, Aslam said Pakistan and Iran are located in a region which has seen turbulence and there might incidents of cross border activities or other transnational crimes like narcotic and drug trafficking.

The spokesperson claimed that according to the information that Pakistan have, these incidents took place inside Iranian territory by Iranians and that is corroborated by their own accounts. “It is not helpful to externalise problems,” said Aslam.

She added that Pakistan and Iran have border mechanisms including Border Management Committee, which can help investigating such events as it was done in the past when the Iranian guards were kidnapped and released inside Iran.

Aslam further said if Iran sought Pakistan’s sought the border management committee can meet and investigate the matter. “We are very clear that we will not allow our territory to be used against any other country,” the spokesperson added.

On Thursday Second-in-command of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), Brigadier General Hossein Salami warned that if any neighbouring country fails to fulfill their obligation to protect their border than Iran will have no choice but to act on its own.

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