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Iran fences border with Pakistan

Nirupama Subramanian

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan said on Friday it was not concerned at reports that Iran was erecting a concrete wall on the shared border between the two countries.

"The fence is on the Iranian side of the border. We have no problem with that," said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam.

According to reports, Iran is building a 10-foot high concrete wall reinforced with steel rods along its shared border with Pakistan's Balochistan province.

The spokeswoman denied any link between the fence and a bomb blast in the Iranian border town of Zahidan, and a clash earlier this week in another border region.

"Those were incidents inside Iran," Ms. Aslam said, and denied that Iran was blaming these incidents on elements from across its eastern border.

"We are not being blamed."

The spokesperson also described as wrong reports that the Pakistan envoy to Tehran was summoned by the Iranian Foreign Ministry following the February 17 Zahidan bomb blast that killed 13 persons, nine of whom were officials of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.

She said the envoy had "a meeting" with an Iranian official in the Foreign ministry.

On Wednesday, the Iranian news agency IRNA said police clashed with armed bandits in the Iranian town of Negor on the border with Pakistan. Two policemen were killed and four others were taken hostage by the bandits. The report quoted the police chief saying the armed bandits had fled across the border.

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