QUETTA Iranian border is considered to be one of the securest borders from where Pakistan did not ever expect any threat as compared to the frontiers with India and Afghanistan. Iran shares 550-mile long border with Pakistan. Thousands of people either living in the bordering areas or in the interior of the province of Balochistan earn their bread and butter from the trade activities with Iran. In border areas people are mostly dependent on Iranian goods being imported through formal or informal trade. Tension seem to have increased between the two countries since Pishin suicide attack on October 18, which claimed 42 lives, including 15 of its elite Revolutionary Guards in Iranian Balochistan, close to Pakistani border. Eight high profile officers of the Revolutionary Guards were also among the dead. Iran accused Pakistani intelligence agencies of backing the activists of Jundallah, (Soldiers of God), an Iranian rebel group fighting for Sunni-Baloch rights and exerting the pressure on Islamabad to hand over its leader Abdolmalek Regi, who claimed the responsibility for the attack. On the other hand, Pakistan condemned the suicide attack terming it a barbaric and gruesome action and categorically rejected the claim that its agencies were backing Jundallah. Pakistani authorities also assured the Iranian government that Pakistan would never allow any body to use its territory for any terrorist activity. Iran besides accusing Pakistan has also sealed its borders with Pakistan for local trade activities and boosted up its security arrangements along Pakistani borders. The sources concerned at Pak-Iran border say that Iran has deployed a large number of troops, equipped with military arsenal. The closures of the border and extra-ordinary security measures have caused numerous problems to the people and have also rendered thousands of them jobless. Wali Muhammad and Habibullah, the residents of district Naushki some 400 km away from Iranian border, are among such persons who lost their livelihood means in the wake of closure of borders for local trade. Both Pakistan and Iran under the agreement allow the people living close to border to bring and take essential commodities for the generation of local economy, thus creating employment opportunities etc for them. Employment opportunities are less in Balochistan due to lack of industries, however, Taftan border is one of the main sources for the local people to earn livelihood, they said, hoping that local trade activities would be resumed soon once the border is reopened. On the other hand, people living in bordering towns mainly Washuk, Mashkail and Kacho are uncomfortable owing to prevailing tension in the area. Iran has beefed up security and its forces are conducting raids in the areas, close Pakistani borders to arrest Jundallah activists. Eleven members of Iranian Revolutionary Guards, including three officers, armed with weapons and riding official vehicles last week crossed into Pakistan in search of Jundallah activists and travelled 10 km deep in Mashkail Tehsil of Washuk district. However the Pakistani security forces arrested them, but handed them over after 24 hours to Iranian immigration officials on the direction of federal government. Ahmad Khan, a resident of Mashkail told The Nation that they have been leading a very peaceful life for decades and used to move across the border without any restriction to meet their relatives, but the peace in their area came to a grinding halt since Abdul Malik Regi launched activities against Iran. Now we feel insecure because of the prevailing threat that soon Iranian security forces will launch operation by crossing into Pakistan, creating implications for them, he apprehended. He also cited an incident in which Iranian border forces fired rockets on Mashkail area of Washuk District killing two women besides injuring some children on August 23. The notables from the area have already staged protest against the attack and demanded of the government to take serious notice of Iranian attacks and its violation of Pakistani territory. However, no protest was made by Pakistan Foreign office in this regard, the notables complained. Some sources of the Home and Tribal Affairs Department of Balochistan told this ascribe that government was well aware of the activities of Iranian forces vis-a-vis hunting Jundallah members in bordering areas. However, these sources denied that Tehran was permitted for conducting any operation in Pakistani territory against the banned organisation. Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Muhammad Aslam Raisani has also denied reports about presence of Jundallahs leadership in the province, declaring that action would be taken if the government received any evidence about their presence. Despite these assurances, Iranian Border Security Forces handed over the bodies of five Pakistani nationals on October 21, who had gone to Iran for labour work. Iranian Authorities claimed that these Pakistanis were killed in the Pishin suicide attack. But Amanullah a relative of one of the deceased persons told The Nation that these people had gone to Iran in search of job, alleging the Iranian officials for their killing. When contacted Syed Zahid Ali Shah a Pakistani official of the bordering District Chagai told newsmen that autopsy of the bodies indicated that deceased had not been killed in a bomb blast. Political observers are of the view that Tehran should realise the gravity of the situation in Islamabad circles in the context of ongoing terrorism and militancy in Waziristan and insurgency in Balochistan. Exerting pressure on Pakistan and violating its territorial boundaries would further aggravate the decades old ties between the two friendly countries, and without mutual cooperation, both Pakistan and Iran could not defeat terrorism. Cooperation from both sides is the need of the hour to confront with the present situation and lessen the prevailing tension between the neighbouring countries.