Pakistani Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan (R) speaks as his Iranian counterpart Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli looks on during a joint press conference in Islamabad on May 6, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Aamir QURESHI
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Pakistan Tuesday strongly denied that kidnapped Iranian border guards were ever on its soil, amid fresh efforts to improve fractured ties before Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's visit to Tehran.Relations between the neighbours hit a low following the kidnapping by Sunni extremists of five Iranian border guards from Iran's Sistan-Baluchestan province, which adjoins Pakistan, in February. Fazli arrived in Islamabad Sunday on an official visit ahead of Sharif's two-day trip to Tehran which begins on Sunday.The two sides have agreed to set up a hotline between Pakistan's paramilitary Frontier Corps and Iran's Border Security Force, Khan said.
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