Iran, Pakistan cooperate over sectarian strives

"From Iran, they go to Iraq and then come back," Rehman Malik, adviser to the prime minister on interior ministry affairs, told reporters after talks with his Iranian counterpart. "We are preparing a joint strategy to control it."

Iran, Pakistan cooperate over  sectarian strives
Pakistan is working with Iran on a joint-strategy to stop sectarian strives through their territory to and from Iraq, Pakistan's senior most interior ministry official said on Tuesday.

"From Iran, they go to Iraq and then come back," Rehman Malik, adviser to the prime minister on interior ministry affairs, told reporters after talks with his Iranian counterpart. "We are preparing a joint strategy to control it."

Malik said Iran, which is predominantly Shi-ite Muslim, and Pakistan, mainly Sunni Muslim, had agreed to set up a joint commission of clerics to reduce sectarian strife in Pakistan.

"It will send a good message to Shi'ite and Sunni brethren that they should stop cutting each other's throats," Malik said.

Thousands of people have been killed in sectarian attacks by militants from the two Muslim sects in Pakistan over the past three decades.

Reuters
Last Mod: 22 Temmuz 2008, 14:05
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