QUETTA: Pakistan and Iran have constituted a joint committee to monitor the 900-kilometre-long porous border between them to prevent human trafficking and drug smuggling.

The committee will comprise security and district administration officers from both the countries.

The decision in this regard was taken during a meeting between a 22-member Iranian delegation headed by Governor of Iranian province of Sistan-Balochistan Aaqai Ali Osat Hashemi and Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri.

The two sides discussed steps to ensure legal movement at the border in addition to cooperation on power projects. Nawab Zehri told the delegation that the Gwadar-Chabahar Memorandum of Understanding would be implemented in letter and spirit.

The Makran zone, he said, was receiving 70 megawatts of electricity from Iran while work was under way for provision of 1,000MW of power to Pakistan.

"I will visit Iran with regards to power projects to end load shedding in the coastal belt and other parts of Balochistan," he added. Hashemi assured Pakistan of Iran's support to overcome its energy crisis. He said Iran was ready to cooperate with Pakistan in all sectors and boost brotherly relations.

Balochistan Chief Secretary Saifullah Chahtha, Inspector General Police Ahsan Mehboob and other high-ups also attended the meeting.

The delegation surveyed the pace of development activities in Gwadar during their visit to the port city. Iranian officials visited the Gwadar deep sea port, the proposed site of the Gwadar free trade zone, the Gwadar civic port and other areas under development.

Chairman Gwadar Port Authority Dostain Khan Jamaldini briefed the participants of the delegation about development activities in the country's port city. He said the launch of the port would open new vistas of development and prosperity in the region.

The Iranian delegation was also briefed about China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and the expected impact it would have on the economy of Pakistan and region.