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Supreme Leader cautioned against ongoing attempts to drive a wedge between Iran and Pakistan, and stressed that the two nations do not need any other country’s permission to expand ties.
Iranian and Pakistani officials signed an agreement on the extradition of criminals as part of a broader effort by the two sides to boost mutual cooperation.
President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday that relations between Tehran and Islamabad should be based on broadening secure and developed borders.
The 5th Iranian border guard who was abducted by Jeish al-Adl terrorist group along with four of his comrades in February and was not released when the other four were set free earlier this month might be alive and kept hostage in Pakistan, a senior member of the Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission said.
Ali Larijani called on the Pakistani officials to double their efforts to release the 5th Iranian border guard who was abducted by Jeish al-Adl terrorist group in February and kept hostage despite the freedom of his other four colleagues.
A senior Iranian lawmaker said Friday that the Jaish-ul-Adl terrorist group has handed over the Iranian border guards it had abducted in February to the Islamic Republic’s liaison official in Pakistan, but noted that the number of the released soldiers is 4, not 5.
"Initially, Iran’s approach is to follow up the issue through legal channels and if no proper response is obtained, the terrorist group's hideout will be the next target and they will receive a severe and firm response,” Sobhani-Nia told reporters on Tuesday.