Pakistan to fence border with Iran to prevent terror attacks: FM Qureshi

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ISLAMABAD: Following the firing incident in Balochistan’s Ormara area, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Saturday has announced to fence border between Pakistan and Iran for prevention of terror attacks in future.
Addressing a press conference, the minister said that joint border centers will be formed for check n balance along the border. Pakistan wants to know factors behind Ormara incident that killed 14 passengers after offloading them from the bus, he added.
Qureshi told that one coast guard, 10 soldiers of Pakistan Navy and three from Pakistan Air Force were among those martyred. The members of Baloch Raaji-Aajohi e-Sangar (BRAS), who were in guise of Frontier Corps (FC), claimed responsibility of the attack, he added.
The minister told that a detailed conversation on the incident was also held with Iranian Foreign Minister while Prime Minister (PM) is due to visit the neighboring country on Sunday for further briefing regarding the incident.
Iran has been informed about the forensic evidence and camps of BRAS in the area, he went on to say.
Earlier, Foreign Office (FO) had forwarded a letter of protest to the Iranian Embassy in Islamabad and demanded to take action against the terrorists involved in killing of 14 passengers.
“15-20 terrorists who camouflaged themselves in Frontier Corps (FC) uniform barricaded the road and stopped 3-4 buses traveling from Ormara to Gwadar on the coastal highway at Buzi Top in the dawn of April 18 and on the identification of the passengers, shot dead 14 personnel belonging to the armed forces of Pakistan. BRAS which is the alliance of three Baloch terrorist organisations have claimed responsibility for this terrorist act,” the letter stated.
“After the incident, the terrorists who arrived from border region returned to that area,” it added.
The letter further read, “The information about the hubs of these Baloch terrorist organisations in Iran, having training camps and logistics bases across the border, was shared with Iranian intelligence in the recent past, and on a number of occasions earlier.”
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif had strongly condemned the attack and said, “Terrorists, extremists and their sponsors are terrified by close relations between Muslim states.”
Iran stands with the people and government of Pakistan, he added.
On April 18, fourteen passengers were brutally shot dead at Makran Coastal Highway after forcing them to disembark from buses. Police claimed that about 15 masked assailants intercepted five or six buses on the highway, tied their hands and opened fire at them.
According to Balochistan Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohsin Hassan Butt, it was an act of “targeted killing”. The victims were identified via their CNICs and shot at close range, he said.

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