QUETTA: A scheduled meeting between border officials of Pakistan and Iran could not be held on Friday because Iranians changed the venue of the meeting at the eleventh hour.

An official told Dawn that Pakistani officials had reached Taftan from where they had to go to the border pole area of 92 in the Iranian town of Reik Malik which was agreed to by the two sides as the venue of the meeting.

But, he added, the Iranian officials changed the venue at the eleventh hour and asked Pakistani officials to come to the border pole area of 52.

Pakistani officials did not agree to go to the new venue, he said.

Officials of the two countries had decided to discuss an incident of firing by Iranian guards which left a woman injured in Talab village of Taftan town on Wednesday night.

The official said the Pakistani side wanted the meeting to be held at the same border pole area from where Iranian guards opened fire.

He said the new date and the venue for the meeting had not been decided.

Pakistan officials, he said, had lodged a protest with their Iranian counterparts over the firing incident.

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