Report: Iranian president demands Pakistan free border guards held by militants

Iran's official news agency says the president has phoned the Pakistani prime minister to demand "serious action" to free border guards abducted by al-Qaida-affiliated militants that operate in the lawless frontier area.

The Wednesday report by IRNA reports President Hassan Rouhani told Pakistani Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif in a phone call that, following the establishment of a joint commission, "we expected serious actions by the Pakistani authorities to free the hostages."

Five guards were kidnapped by the Jaish al-Adl militant group last month outside Sarbaz, a town near Iran's border with Pakistan. A local official said two days ago that one was killed.