Pakistan vowed all-out effort to free abducted Iranian guards

TEHRAN, Oct. 31 (MNA) – Iranian Foreign Minister said on Wednesday that Pakistani officials have promised to make every effort and adopt necessary measures to free Iranian border guards who were abducted by terrorists and taken to Pakistan territory.

Mohammad Javad Zarif made the remarks on Wednesday in Islamabad as he landed in the Pakistani capital heading a political and military delegation.

Iran and Pakistan are good neighbors and enjoy friendly relations with each other, Zarif said.

Unfortunately, some Iranian border guards were recently kidnapped by terrorists, Zarif regretted, adding that the aim of his visit is to hold talks with Pakistani officials in this regard.

12 Iranian border guards, including local Basij volunteer forces, were abducted on Oct. 16 by the so-called Jaish ul-Adl terror group, which is based in Pakistan. Following the incident, IRGC Ground Force Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour said that Iran is ready for any joint military operations with Pakistani Army to free the abductees.

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