ISLAMABAD: Pakistan yesterday strongly denied that kidnapped Iranian border guards were ever on its soil, amid fresh efforts to improve fractured ties before Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to Tehran.
Relations between the neighbours hit a low following the kidnapping by Sunni extremists of five Iranian border guards from Iran’s Sistan-Baluchestan province, which adjoins Pakistan, in February. Four were eventually freed and returned home in April. Officials say the fate of the fifth soldier is unknown but he is assumed to have been killed.
The Jaish-ul Adl rebel group, which says it is fighting for the rights of Sunni Muslims in Shiite-majority Iran, said last month the fifth guard had been executed in late March. AFP