Iran fires mortar shells into Pakistan

Iran’s border force fired several mortar shells into Pakistan on Saturday, Pakistani media reported.
Locals in Pakistan’s Balochistan province told Arab News that mortar shells from Iran landed in Panjgur district.
“Yes, it is true that the mortar shells from Iran landed in Panjgur, but we don’t know the exact number of mortars as the area was not immediately accessible.” Rafique Chakar, a resident of Panjgur told Arab News.
An official at Panjgur’s district police officer while talking to Arab news over the phone, on condition of anonymity, confirmed the incident of shelling.
The official said there were no casualties as the shells landed away from populated villages.
The two countries share a porous border of nearly 1,000 km, which is infiltrated by human trafficker and smugglers.
On Thursday, Pakistani Interior Minister Ashan Iqbal told the National Assembly that the country is manning 79 posts along the entire coastline and the border with Iran.
When Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif was in Islamabad on March11-13, Tehran said its forces killed four suspected terrorists who attacked a border checkpoint near Balochistan. He discussed cooperation on border security.
“To facilitate movement of people and goods across the border, it was agreed to expedite operationalization of two new border crossings,” Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement issued at the end of Zarif’s visit.

Source » arabnews

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