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  1. AsianLion

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    There is independence struggle gaining ground by Balochis supported by Indian terrorist govt. inside Iran's Sistan and Baluchestan Province. Oil and resources belonging to sunnis been taken by Iranian regime.

    Iran's Sistan & Baluchistan province source of Baloch Terrorist and Miliant attacks inside Pakistan

    Pakistan calls for tighter security on Iran border following fatal attack

    While Iran and Pakistan have made significant progress on improving border security and stopping smugglers, a recent attack on Pakistani soldiers shows that much remains to be done.

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    BY SABENA SIDDIQUI

    May 21, 2020

    Pakistan’s army chief, Gen. Qamar Bajwa, has called on his Iranian counterpart, Gen. Mohammad Hossein Bagheri, to take immediate action to enhance border security and curb the attacks on Pakistani security forces by militants operating from the Iranian side.

    In the May 13 phone call, Bajwa stressed that Pakistan wants “regional peace and stability on the basis of mutual respect, non-interference and equality,” according to a statement issued the Pakistan army’s public relations office.

    The urgent call for action followed an attack on Pakistan’s side of the border on a reconnaissance vehicle carrying troops from the Frontier Corps. Five Pakistani soldiers and one officer were killed.

    The troops were reportedly checking “possible routes used by terrorists in the mountainous and extremely treacherous terrain of Mekran” when an improvised explosive device went off about nine miles from the border with Iran. The banned separatist group the Baluchistan Liberation Army later claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Bajwa emphasized that fencing of the Pakistan-Iran border must be completed as soon as possible. Smuggling and illegal trade on the border must be checked as well, as these activities are being “used by terrorists and narco-traffickers for covering their movement,” according to the statement.

    The Iranian official newswire Islamic Republic News Agency reported that Bajwa “urged the exchange of expert delegations to maintain border security and prevent terrorist moves on common borders” and that improvements for border terminals on both sides of the border to manage the ongoing pandemic were suggested.


    Security ties have deteriorated at the Pakistani-Iranian border as cross-border terror attacks have long caused friction between the neighbors. Nevertheless, there has been considerable improvement in bilateral ties as Islamabad and Tehran have worked on these issues over the last year.

    After visits to Iran by Bajwa and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and, a joint task force was set up to fight terrorism and guard the common border. Military links were enhanced and Islamabad started sharing intelligence with Tehran regarding the bases of separatists and militants in Iran, along with their activities. Thanks to these proactive measures, the stream of attacks and counter-attacks in border areas ceased with the last terror incident in at Ormara, Baluchistan, in April 2019.


    However, the respite is over. Iran has been in a state of turmoil due to the coronavirus pandemic for the last several months, and the ensuing chaos has had a very negative impact on Pakistan.

    First, there has been a lot of infiltration recently by criminal elements — including oil mafias and drug cartels — in the border areas. Smuggling and illegal trade operations are worth millions and a narcotics racket is also in full swing.

    With illicit goods flowing from both sides of the border, no taxes are being paid, with heavy implications for the provincial government’s authority. A sustainable local economy based on agriculture or industry is sorely needed in these remote areas.

    These criminal groups are actively opposing the fencing of the Pakistan-Iran border so that they can carry on their activities.

    Second, hopes for Pakistan’s economic revival are pinned on the border province of Baluchistan, where the main land route of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor passes through. This trade project could generate massive revenues, but it cannot really take off until the province is stabilized.

    Unfortunately, the region has become a neglected space where militancy is easily nurtured. When they are pursued in Pakistan, militants from various banned outfits escape into Iran and establish hideouts from where they continue attacks inside Baluchistan.

    Beginning at the Koh-i-Malik Salih mountains and ending at Gwadar Bay in the Gulf of Oman, the 600-mile (970-kilometer) Pakistan-Iran border is porous, underdeveloped and sparsely populated on both sides.

    Third, Iran’s health crisis spread to Pakistan like wildfire due to carelessness and insufficient checks on the movement of Pakistani citizens returning home. As a result, there was pandemonium at the Torkham post on the Pakistan-Iran border. Despite repeated requests from Islamabad, border stations did not wait to admit citizens until adequate screening protocols could be arranged.

    With the spread of COVID-19 across the country, the recurrent lockdowns have caused economic losses in the billions for Pakistan.

    Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Quraishi recently stated, “I spoke with the Iranian foreign minister and requested a time to make arrangements [for the pilgrims], but they couldn’t do it due to economic sanctions.” He informed the parliament that Iranian officials had forced 5,000 Pakistani nationals across the border while quarantine facilities were not available.

    Finally, recurring attacks from across the border have damaged trust even though military ties have improved between both countries. Bilateral border mechanisms like the joint Rapid Action Force were put in place last year, but there seems to have been some laxity that permitted the regrouping of separatist elements even though actionable intelligence is regularly provided to the Iranian side.

    Pakistan’s province of Baluchistan is large and sparsely populated. According to Pakistani defense analyst Amjad Shoaib, “Fencing the Pakistan-Iran border is very important as it is very difficult to patrol such a long stretch. [And patrolling] will only prove successful in curbing smuggling, narcotics and terrorist infiltration if Iran reciprocates the efforts.”

    Discussing plans to fence the border with Iran, Khusro Bakhtiyar, Pakistan's former minister for planning and development, has said, "We will not have 100% control over Pakistan’s security situation as long as our borders remain porous.” Pakistan’s Economic Co-ordination Committee recently approved $18.6 million in additional funds toward efforts to seal the border.

    Meanwhile, since the conversation between the two army chiefs, two more attacks have taken place in Baluchistan province and seven soldiers have been killed in two separate incidents, one an IED blast near Quetta and the second an exchange of gunfire near the border.



    Read more: https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/or...balochistan-attack-covid19.html#ixzz6N7HgUg00
     
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    We need to take matters into our own hand. Bohat ho gaya. Nothing is worth more than the lives of our boys. Bajwa needs to come up with a plan or go home and let someone more capable in charge.
     
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    Operation started some time ago. IRGC should better worry.
     
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    Would be better if put the correct headline ..which is


    Pakistan calls for tighter security on Iran border following fatal attack

    Read more: https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/or...balochistan-attack-covid19.html#ixzz6N7Z6IJFw
     
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    A Great question, why? Pakistan keep on facing black Indian sponsored terrorists from Iran Sistan and Balchistan province, and yet media, government and army have been quiet.

    Even Pakistani shia community pushed out by Iranians on border due to covid-19, and brought cornovairus into Pakistan suffering billions, yet we never learn. Time to hit hard.
     
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    It's called brain washing!
    It doesn't happens over night.

    We can always justify Iranian crimes against Pakistan by blaming Arabs, for they are colluding with Israel! :azn:
     
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    The natural causes of this 'strategic silence' may become too embarrassing for some powerful quarters if made public. Same goes for the Indian affairs where the responses are always selective at best.
     
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    Well i have been told due to indian cold shoulder and Pakistan warnings, Iran have started sharing intel on BLA and others. Though i still doubt it.
     
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    Please you need to stop putting made up titles if you are quoting a third party news ...if you have drafted something by yourself then it is fine to have a title which demonstrates your work. Any sourced article needs to have same title as on original article....You have done this quite a few times and not acceptable
     
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    Keeping militancy alive in Balochistan o sistan is Iranian way of oppressing Sunnis.
    If there's peace in The largest Sunni province of Iran, they will have to give them rights and that's not what Iranian regime wants.
    It's legally barred in Iran for any Sunni to be on any high up post.
    It's written in their legislation.

    So Iran will never do anything to root out militancy on their side. Pakistan will have to take unilateral action.

    Build fence and mine the entire border.
    Use signal jammers and block all wireless communication with Iran on the border region.
     
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    Sometimes arabs cause attacks to litch us against iran. Some times israrliz and british do itand and most of the times india sponsers terror into balochistan for revenge of killing of its its oers in kashmir by mujahideen. I sincerely hope iran or its institutions dont do this if wefind any proof or evidence of iran's involvment then all of our good wishes and sincerity in neighbourhood will vanish amd iran will be treated as an enemy nation.

    We can create so mamy problems for iran that it won't he able to exist in its current form. But we are a muslim nation above shia or sunni divide even though many arrogant people among us consider themselves sunni and some shia. may Allah damn both groups for dividing islamic nation.

    We have sincerity in our hearts for arabs and turks and saudiz . However if they play the role of shaitan (enemy) we will have to put our iron fist down .

    I sincerely hope iran or its institutions are not invovled. I have seen proof of saudi involvment with money and indoctrinations. I have seen proofs of israeliz involvment and israeli and indian involvment directly and in directly.

    We can easily destroy iran but we are not to be among those who kill beleivers in Allah or cause them problems we (pakistaniz) are patient Muslims.

    But everything has its limits. I trust pakistan pakistan intelligence agencies and armed forces and government of pakistan pa very competant one in 2020. They will get to the bottom of it In Sha Allah.

    Not only do we need to kill terrorists but identity the head of the snake wherever in world it is and go and hit its head to end the fitnah be it in iran or india or israel or britian or even in arabia. We need to find out the truth and take both types of action


    Also divided shia and sunniz both can go to hell i of neither party and i will not be among either group on day of judgement.
     
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    stop blaming India for all your problems. You say someone is after someone's oil and instead of blaming them dense to start complaining about India.
     
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    Learn to not make derogatory generalizations about an entire ethnic group and actually make a logical argument first, if you want a civil and logical response, and pick the correct thread to make those arguments.

    Maybe you should list specific examples (with credible sources) of this ‘arrogance’ and ‘atrocities’ perpetrated by Punjabis before just spewing hate on this forum and expecting a ‘logical response’.

    And no, dredging up something from 50 years ago does not count.

    The other thread was closed for a reason I’m sure.

    Please don’t hijack this one as well.

    Stick to the topic please.

    We haven’t started arresting pigeons, goats, camels and other assorted wildlife under suspicion of ‘being Pakistani spies’ so don’t worry, India is still beating Pakistan by a huge margin when it comes to ‘blaming the other country for all their problems’ and complaining and whining nonstop.
     
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