Rehman regrets Afghanistan didn’t cooperate to check illegal crossing

Islamabad: Interior Minister Rehman Malik has regretted that Afghanistan did not cooperate to check illegal crossing of the border despite repeated requests from Pakistan.

Talking to media persons after attending a meeting in Islamabad on Wednesday, he said that Pakistan has decided to control illegal crossing of Pak-Afghan border from next month.

He said that no body without legal documents including visa or permit would be allowed to cross the border from 8th March 2013. He said that this would also help in controlling smuggling from across the border.

Answering a question he said that Pakistan and Iran have agreed to set up four check posts two each on Pakistani and Iranian side of the Pak-Iran border at Taftan. The Iranian Interior Minister would visit Pakistan shortly to finalize modalities in this regard, he added.

He said that duty free trade zones would be established near the check posts. Minister said that Taliban backbone had almost broken and added that Taliban should mention the names of those which they have wanted to talk.

Responding another question he said that main accused of Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority corruption case Tauqir Sadiq had illegally escaped from the country and added that efforts to bring back Tauqir Sadiq from the country are in final stage.

Replaying a question regarding banned organization, Rehman Malik said that provinces have been asked to provide details about banned organizations within three days.

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