Pakistan launches protest with Iran over inaction against Balochistan bus attack

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan is visiting Iran on his first official visit that will include talks on countering terrorism

In a joint press conference with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in Tehran, Rouhani said that the two countries have capacities to expand economic relations.

President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday that Iran and Pakistan are determined to expand relations and no third country can undermine their friendly ties.

Pakistan on Saturday asked both Iran and Afghanistan to take "visible action" against the terrorist groups operating from their soil and also dismantle logistics and training camps of such elements located across the border.

According to Express Tribune, the two leaders covered multiple issues in the bilateral dialogue, including border security.

The February suicide bombing attack killed 27 members of the Revolutionary Guards in Iran's Sistan-Baluchistan province.

It stated, "Killing of 14 innocent Pakistanis by terrorist groups based in Iran is a very serious incident that Pakistan protests strongly".

The Sunni jihadist group Jaish al-Adl (Army of Justice), which Tehran accused of perpetrating the bombing against its armed forces, is blamed by Pakistan for targeting its troops in its own Balochistan province last week.

"Full appreciation must be made for our security agencies, with the way they tackled terrorism in Pakistan", the premier said.

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"I hope that Afghan government will also take action against those criminals and terrorists who are hiding inside their country and carrying out terrorists attacks in Pakistan", the minister said.

"I felt that the issue of terrorism was going to increase differences between Pakistan and Iran". Ethnic Baloch people straddle the porous and lengthy Iran-Pakistan border, with many insurgent groups crisscrossing the border to the annoyance of authorities.

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.

"It is a vast area and the control over the area is hard, it makes it easy for groups to be active on both sides", he said.

Earlier today, the prime minister arrived at the Presidential Palace where he was received by the Iranian president.

He will also meet members of the Iranian and Pakistani business community in Iran.

"We agreed to set up a barter committee so that the goods and needs of the two countries can be exchanged and a barter account is created", said Rouhani, adding that plans were in the works to link the two countries new deepwater trade ports of Gwadar and Charbahar by rail.

Khan's visit to Tehran comes months after Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman pledged $20 billion in investments during a state visit to the Pakistani capital Islamabad.

During a meeting of high-ranking delegations of Iran and Pakistan, Rouhani said that a new chapter has been opened in Iran-Pakistan relations by Khan's visit to Tehran.

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