Iran, Pakistan agree on joint anti-terrorism mechanism
In the wake of the bloody attack in southeastern Iran carried out by the the Pakistan-based Jundallah terrorist group, Tehran and Islamabad have agreed to adopt joint measures to fight terrorism, Press TV reported.
"A golden era will open in strategic cooperation between the two countries through the eradication of terrorism," Iranian Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar said in a meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Saturday.
At least 41 people, including seven senior commanders of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, were killed in a bombing on October 18 during a gathering of Shia and Sunni tribal leaders in the town of Pishin on the Iran-Pakistan border. Jundallah claimed responsibility for the deadly attack.
Najjar called his talks with Pakistani authorities on efforts to arrest Jundallah members constructive, adding, "The two countries reached promising agreements."
Gilani stated that Pakistan would not allow terrorists to use its territory as a base.
Tehran and Islamabad should boost security on their border as soon as possible, the Pakistani prime minister added.
The Jundallah ring, led by Abdolmalik Rigi, has staged a torrent of terrorist attacks in Iran.
In a recent interview with Press TV, Rigi's brother, Abdulhamid, confirmed that the Jundallah leader had established links with US agents.
Abdulhamid Rigi said that at just one of his meetings with the US operatives, Rigi had received $100,000 to foment sectarian strife in Iran.