TEHRAN - Iran’s Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli has said his country has offered to provide security in parts of Pakistan where the government is not able to enforce its writ, reported BBC on Monday.

The Iranian minister while talking to media persons in Tehran on Monday claimed that Pakistan had told Iran that the government could not enforce its writ in some border areas near the Pak-Iran border. He further said that the Iranian government had also proposed joint patrolling on the border.

Earlier on April 7, eight Iranian border guards were killed in a clash with rebels who had allegedly infiltrated from Pakistan.

Iran’s official news agency, quoting Iran’s Sistan-Baluchestan province’s Deputy Governor Mirshekari, said there were clashes between terrorists and Iranian border guards in the township of Negur close to the Iranian port city of Chabahar in the evening.

Mirshekari told Irna that the “terrorists had come from the Pakistani border”, opened fire at the security forces, killing eight border guards and fled back to Pakistan.

Balochistan’s Home Secretary Akbar Hussain Durrani, however, denied the claim, saying that terrorists had not entered from Pakistan as security had already been beefed up along the border area in order to beat back any infiltrators.