TEHRAN, July 22 (MNA) -- Acting Iranian Interior Minister Mahdi Hashemi has given Pakistan official documents about the Iranian border guards who were kidnapped last month.

In a meeting in Islamabad on Tuesday with Rehman Malik, the Pakistani prime minister’s advisor for security issues, Hashemi agreed with Pakistan’s proposal to organize a conference on ways to counter allegations that Islam is connected to extremism and terrorism and asked the Pakistani government to actively pursue the case of the kidnapped Iranian border guards in order to obtain their release.

 

Four Iranian border guards were kidnapped by the notorious terrorist group Jundullah in Sistan-Baluchestan Province on June 13.

 

Hashemi added, “The Iranian people and the families of the hostages expect the (Iranian) Interior Ministry to obtain their release and to secure the eastern borders as soon as possible.”

 

Malik stated Pakistan will make every effort to secure the border and to allay Iran’s concerns.

 

He also promised to solve the kidnapping case and said Pakistan will step up its efforts to prevent smuggling on its border with Iran.

 

Hashemi and his delegation arrived in Pakistan on Monday. They made the trip at the invitation of the Pakistani prime minister.

 

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