Iran and Pakistan have agreed to increase bilateral security co-operation and establish a joint rapid-reaction force on the countries’ shared border tasked with “fighting terrorism”, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on 22 April during a televised news conference in Tehran with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Rouhani’s statement, which comes after a suicide bomber allegedly linked to a Pakistan-based militant group killed 27 members of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps in mid-February, was made on the same day Khan acknowledged that armed extremists had been permitted to function within Pakistan.
“We will not allow any militant groups to operate from our soil.
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