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Iran has suffered from terrorists operating from Pakistan: Imran Khan to President Rouhani

Pak PM Imran Khan with President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran Apr 23, 2019, 03.43 PM (IST)

Pakistan PM Imran Khan who is on a two-day visit to Iran met Iranian President Hassan Rouhani with terror being the main focus between the two countries. The meeting came as  Islamabad urged Tehran to act against militants behind killings in Pakistan's Baluchistan province.

During a joint press conference with President Rouhani, Pakistan PM said that the two countries will not allow any militant group to operate from Pakistan.

"Pakistan military and intelligence agencies must be appreciated the way they tackle Pakistan," PM Imran Khan said during the joint press conference, adding, "We have come to the conclusion that we will not allow any militant group to operate from Pakistan."

"It is a decision made from inside Pakistan," he added.

"Just a few days back, we had 14 security personnel killed in Balochistan. Iran has suffered from terrorists operating from Pakistan," he conceded.

"Afghanistan war has affected Pakistan and Iran. We have a large number of Afghan refugees in Pakistan. We need to have peace in Afghanistan. It is in the interest of both of us," Imran Khan said.

"Security heads will sit together and will discuss this. We hope that this will build confidence between us. We will make sure that there is no more damage being done to your country from our soil," PM Imran told President Rouhani.

Pakistan had earlier said it would be fencing its border with Iran after 14 Pakistanis were shot when they were travelling in a bus which it blamed on BRAS militants - a Balouch terror organization. Pakistan authorities lodged a protest against Iran for not doing enough to stop the local militants.

"Actionable intelligence after investigations has been shared with Iranian authorities. Location of the camps has also been identified by us. We expect Tehran to take action against these entities," Pakistan's foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had said.

Relations between the two countries has been strained of late after a suicide bomber killed 27 members of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards in mid-February in a southeastern region.

A Sunni group Jaish al Adl (Army of Justice) claimed responsibility for the attack. Iran President Hassan Rouhani called up PM Imran Khan and called for  "decisive" action by Pakistan against the militant group behind the attack in the border area.

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During a joint press conference with President Rouhani, Pakistan PM said that the two countries will not allow any militant group to operate from Pakistan.