Pakistani senior official to talk over kidnapped guards' case in Iran

Photo: Pakistani senior official to talk over kidnapped guards' case in Iran / Iran

Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 28

By Umid Niayesh, Saeed Isayev - Trend:

Speaker of Pakistan's Balochistan province parliament Mir Jan Muhammad Jamali will visit Iran on March 2, to discuss the case of the kidnapped guards, Iranian MP Hossein Sheykholeslam said, the country's Fars news agency reported on Feb. 28.

Sheykholeslam went on to say that the Pakistani speaker is also scheduled to meet with Iranian officials including Vice-Speaker of the parliament Mohammad Hassan Aboutorabi Fard.

The two sides will discus various topics including boosting mutual relations, joint border issue as well as efforts for releasing kidnapped Iranian border guards.

Five Iranian border guards were abducted in the Jakigour region in Iran's Sistan and Baluchestan Province on Feb. 6 and transferred to Pakistani territory. Iranian officials held Pakistan accountable on the issue.

Jaish-ul-Adl group tweeted on Feb. 26 that it's Religious Court has sentenced five Iranian soldiers to death, after Iranian side executed one of the relatives of the group's members in Iran.

Pakistan has found the hiding place of the Jaish-ul-Adl group, official with the Iranian foreign ministry, Mohammad Rafiei said on Feb. 25.

Iranian media outlets quoted the country's deputy interior minister Ali Abdollahi as saying on Feb. 21 that Iran has sent a delegation to Pakistan's Balochistan to negotiate for the release of kidnapped soldiers.

The delegation headed by Iranian Sistan and Baluchistan Province's deputy-governor for political and security affairs, Ali Asghar Mirshekari was sent on Feb. 19 to Pakistan, Abdollahi said, adding that the delegation is negotiating for freedom of the soldiers. He did not unveil any further details about the result of the negotiations.

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