Iran seals ‘zero point’ border with Pak

Iran-Pak trade activities have been suspended due to July 15 suicide attack.

Updated: Jul 19, 2010, 15:28 PM IST

Quetta: Trade activities between Pakistan and Iran have been suspended after the latter closed the ‘zero-point’ in Taftan border because of the July 15 suicide attack in Zahedan.

At least 20 people were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up near a mosque in Zahedan.

Responsibility for the attacks was claimed by Jundullah, who said it was in revenge for the execution of their leader by the Iranian government.

“Iran has closed the zero-point, suspending all trade activities,” The Dawn quoted Tufail Baloch, a senior official of the Chagai District administration, as saying.

Local traders have said that they are facing serious problems, as most of the edible items come from across the border through the zero-point.

“If the border is not opened soon there will be a shortage of food and other items in Pakistan’s border areas,” a local trader said.