India, Pakistan to resolve harassment complaints

In this file photo, Pakistani Rangers and Indian Border Security Force personnel perform during the daily beating of the retreat ceremony at the India-Pakistan Wagah Border Post. (AFP)
Updated 30 March 2018

India, Pakistan to resolve harassment complaints

NEW DELHI: India and Pakistan have agreed to resolve complaints of harassment of diplomats based in the capital of each nation to ease tensions between the long-time rivals.
The agreement on Friday came within weeks of Pakistan calling its top diplomat in India back home for consultations after allegations of harassment of Pakistani diplomatic staff by intelligence agencies in New Delhi.
The diplomat, Sohail Mahmood, returned to New Delhi after a week.
India voiced similar complaints against Pakistan and said in one instance its top diplomat was prevented by intelligence agents from attending a meeting in the Pakistani city of Karachi.
An identical statement issued by the two countries said both sides have agreed to resolve matters related to treatment of diplomats in accordance with a code of conduct.


Pakistan army denies reports of joint border patrols with Iran

Updated 09 December 2019

Pakistan army denies reports of joint border patrols with Iran

  • Patrolling operations on respective sides are conducted by respective forces, military spokesman says
  • Last month, army chief visited Tehran for security talks

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan army spokesperson on Monday rejected media reports suggesting that Pakistani and Iranian security forces conducted joint border patrolling.
“News published by Dawn today ('Pak-Iran Forces jointly conduct border patrolling') is factually incorrect,” Director-General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Maj. Gen. Asif Ghafoor, said in a tweet.
He added that “there is no joint patrolling anywhere on Pakistani borders” as “patrolling operations if required are always on respective sides by respective forces through coordination.”

The English-language daily reported earlier on the day that Pakistan and Iran had conducted another joint patrol on the border near Taftan town in Chagai district, Balochistan.
Soon after Ghafoor's comment, Dawn's editor Zaffar Abbas clarified that “the confusion was caused by the official news agency APP, as the picture caption said ‘joint patrolling.’ Radio Pak also tweeted the same. But we will be carrying out correction in light of your statement.”

Border security has long been a major cause of distrust in Pakistan-Iran relations. 
In April, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced that the two countries would form a joint quick-reaction force to combat militant activity on their shared border, following a deadly attack on Pakistani security personnel on the coastal highway in southwestern Balochistan, where 14 soldiers lost their lives.
On Nov. 18, Pakistan army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited Tehran for security talks with Iran's political leadership and military leadership.
In May this year, Pakistan began the fencing of certain areas along the 950-kilometer border it shares with Iran.