Jan 29, 2016, 3:24 PM
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Pakistan, Iran joins hands to curb terrorism, drug smuggling

Islamabad, Jan 29, IRNA – During the 19th joint border meeting in Quetta, Pakistan and Iran have agreed to work together to curb terrorism, drug smuggling and illegal immigrations.

Strengthening of border cooperation between both side in different fields including fighting terrorism and drug smuggling was also emphasized in meeting between Pakistan’s Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri and Deputy Governor of Iran’s Sistan-Baluchestan province Ali Asghar Mirshekari in Quetta.
They said that the terrorists’ hideouts would be destroyed and neither Pakistan nor Iran would allow them to use their soil.
“Pakistan and Iran cannot achieve progress and prosperity until terrorism is curbed permanently,” said Zehri, adding that further steps would be taken to strengthen relations between the two countries.
He stressed the need to increase trade volume between the two countries to $10bn per year.
The Iranian official assured the chief minister that serious efforts would be made in this regard. The two sides subsequently agreed to prepare a memorandum of understanding to increase the trade volume.
The proposed rail link between Chabahar city in Iran and Gwadar and supply of electricity from Iran to Pakistan border areas were also discussed.
Chief Minister Zehri suggested declaring Chabahar and Gwadar sister cities, besides completing the rail link project within two years.