Protesters in Balochistan demonstrate against border violation by Iran

Iranian border guards allegedly fired mortars into populated areas of Mashkail town. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Iranian border guards allegedly fired mortars into populated areas of Mashkail town. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

QUETTA: People of Mashkail town in Balochistan took out a procession on Monday to protest against Iranian border guards who allegedly fired mortars into populated areas. No one was hurt in the incident.   

The township shares a border with the Jalk district of Iranian Balochistan.

Assistant Commissioner Asghar Siapad said he has informed the provincial home department about the border violation.

Dozens of people participated in the procession and chanted slogans against Iran for the attacks. “Border violations by Iran have become norm in Mashkail. A mosque was partially damaged in the attack,” Mir Noor Mohammed, one of the protesters, told The Express Tribune.

Most of the shops in the town remained closed for several hours as people joined the rally.

“A couple of years ago, two women and man died due to the mortars fired by Iranian guards. Pakistan should take action and take up the issue with Iran,” Jiaend Khan, an elder of the area said.

After marching on the main road, the protesters held a sit-in in front of the Assistant Commissioner Office and Frontier Corps (FC) camp to lodge their protest. The protesters dispersed after officials assured them that Pakistan will take up the issue with Iran.

A few days ago, Iran’s helicopter had also violated Pakistan airspace. “We have spoken to Iran’s local administration but they have denied any involvement,” said Asghar Siapad, Assistant Commissioner of Mashkail.

The Iranian authorities have claimed that their forces are taking action against narcotic dealers, human trafficking, and drug pushers and whenever they get a chance they push the people across the Iranian border.

Source: The Express Tribune

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