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Pakistan, Iran agree to enhance security cooperation

20 February, 2013

TEHRAN: Pakistan and Iran have inked an agreement to enhance bilateral and international cooperation in the field of security and combating transnational organised crime.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik and his Iranian counterpart, Mustafa Najar, told the signing ceremony that providing internal security will be conducive for trade and to control crimes.

Highlighting the scope of cooperation, Malik said under this agreement both the countries will cooperate in the prevention and combating organised crime including smuggling of goods and properties as well as cultural and historical objects.

The other areas are crime of forgery of state securities, travel documents, money, credit cards and any other papers of value, illegal economic activities such as money laundering and utilisation of income from such activities and illicit trade for weapons, ammunition and explosive materials. Activities which can endanger the national security of the other party, transnational organised crimes, terrorism and any other crimes referred to in this agreement, human trafficking as well as illegal immigration, particularly abuse of women and children and also cyber crimes and other offences which take place by misuse of communication and telecommunication devices will also be controlled.

On a question about procedures for cooperation, Malik said each country will adopt measures for implementation of this agreement which would be identifying group or persons involved in transnational organised crimes or who are wanted for such crimes and providing relevant information such as pictures, fingerprints and to the other party.

As per agreement, both the countries will also cooperate in exchange of experiences in organising, training, management and education of their own forces as well as exchange of experts in order to expand bilateral cooperation to prevent organised crimes, terrorist acts, drug trafficking.

The minister said cooperation between the two countries to prevent and combat terrorism is an important element of this agreement and added both the countries have agreed to combat the activities of terrorists groups.

He said the two countries have agreed to establish a joint working group headed by deputy interior minister of Iran for security and Pakistan's interior secretary for monitoring the performance of this agreement and offering solutions in respect of problems faced during the course of implementation of the agreement and for reviewing and updating of this agreement, if and when required.

Najar said the agreement signed would help further cement bilateral ties between the two countries. He also expressed sympathies with people of Pakistan over the terrorist incident in Quetta and said both the countries stand together against terrorism and would eliminate this menace for peace in the region.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik also met President Mahmud Ahmedi Nejad and discussed matters of bilateral interests.

Taking to media after the meeting, Malik termed the meeting 'good' and said he conveyed to the Iranian President the greetings of President Asif Zardari.

He said both Iran and Pakistan are two brotherly Muslim countries and appreciated Iran which has always supported Pakistan in hour of need.

He said Pakistan and Iran shares a long border as both the countries need to have joint efforts to combat issues at their borders.

Malik said in order to combat smuggling and to enhance trade between the two countries, Iranian president has consented to set up two more check-posts and officials from both sides will meet in first week of March to finalise the modalities in this regard.


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