Iran to gain complete control over eastern borders

TEHRAN, May 20 (MNA) – Iran will establish complete control over its eastern borders with Afghanistan and Pakistan by March 2010, Police Chief Esmaeil Ahmadi-Moqaddam announced on Wednesday.

Speaking on the sidelines of a war game in Zahedan, the capital city of Sistan-Baluchestan, Ahmadi-Moqaddam said the eastern borders are considered “the frontline” in the fight against drug trafficking.

 

Over the past three years, Iran has spent about $800 million to secure its eastern borders, including building concrete walls to a length of 80 kilometers, digging trenches with parapets on both sides to a length of 460 kilometers, deploying over one hundred thousand border guards, forming an anti-drug police force, and establishing 160 border posts along the borders, he explained.

 

He said the United Nations has reported that Afghanistan produced about 7,700 tons of narcotics in 2008, a 40 percent of which was smuggled to Iran.

 

However, he noted that Iran’s police have confiscated roughly one thousand tons of the smuggled drugs.

 

Ahmadi-Moqaddam also said the police are planning to crack down on terrorists, insurgents, gangs of drug, fuel and goods traffickers.

 

Protecting borders is a mutual task that should be shared between the bordering countries, he said. However, he added Iran has been shouldering the responsibility alone because Afghanistan and Pakistan are hit with instability.

 

In fact, the drug trafficking and terror acts in Sistan-Balouchestan province are due to the instability in these two countries, he commented.

 

AA/PA

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