Iran Ready for Anti-Terror Cooperation with Pakistan

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Iran is prepared to work with Pakistan in fight against terrorism, amid the recent terror attack in south-western Pakistan, which killed 14 members of the country’s armed forces.

Zarif made the remarks in a Saturday phone conversation with his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi on the eve of the visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan to Iran.

During the talks, the two sides conferred on the most important issues of mutual interest, particularly the Pakistani premier’s trip to Iran.

They also discussed Tehran-Islamabad cooperation in various fields, especially in fight against terrorism.

Zarif once again condemned the recent terrorist attack on the Pakistani military and security forces, and expressed sympathy with the country’s nation and government over the inhumane act.

Suspected separatist militants ambushed a bus in south-western Pakistan before dawn Thursday and killed 14 passengers, mostly navy personnel.

Witnesses and authorities reported the bus was stopped in a remote area on the coastal highway linking the Pakistani port cities of Karachi and Gwadar.

A group of about two dozen assailants disguised as paramilitary forces went through identification cards of all the passengers before forcing 16 of them out and spraying them with bullets.

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