TEHRAN - Iran has asked Pakistan to take measures to control the border more seriously, lodging a strong protest over the martyrdom of its 14 border guards in a terrorist incident that occurred at zero point of the two countries’ international borders on Friday.
The managing director of West Asia Office of the Foreign Ministry received Iran’s letter, through its chargé d'affaires in Tehran, on the terrorist attack launched from Pakistan’s soil against the Iranian border guards. As many as 14 Iranian border guards were martyred by the agents of a terrorist group on Friday at zero point of Iran-Pakistan international borders in Saravan region and seven others wounded. The terrorists fled back to the area inside Pakistan from where they had entered Iran.
During the Saturday evening’s meeting of Iranian officials with the chargé d’affaires, Iran seriously asked the Pakistan government to act in accordance with the articles of the Security Cooperation Pact between the two countries and send back the culprits who have fled to Pakistan so that they could be justly punished, IRNA reported Sunday. The charge d'affires of Pakistan in Tehran expressed deep grief over the martyrdom of the border guards of the Islamic Republic of Iran. He said the matter would be referred to the Pakistan government in the shortest possible time so that appropriate measures could be taken in this regard.
Meanwhile, a Sunni militant group, Jaish-ul-Adl, has claimed responsibility for an attack that killed 14 Iranian border guards in the country’s mountainous southeast, IRNA reported Sunday. The hitherto-unknown Jaish-ul-Adl (Army of Justice) said on its website that it was behind Friday’s attack, calling it a “severe blow’ to the Iranian government.
“The assault was launched in response to the crimes of the Revolutionary Guards in Syria,” the group said in a statement on the website. Photographs on the website showed masked gunmen, holding up flags similar to those of jihadist groups in Syria and Libya with the Arabic inscription: “There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is His messenger”.
Opposition groups in the war-ravaged Syria have alleged that Tehran is sending members of its elite Revolutionary Guards to fight the opponents of President Bashar al-Assad. Friday’s attack in the Iranian region of Sistan- Baluchestan on the Pakistani border killed 14 border guards and wounded seven others, prompting Iran to hang 16 prisoners at a jail in the province.
Tehran said the militants came from Pakistan and fled back after the attack. Deputy Interior Minister Ali Abdollahi called on the Pakistan government to take measures to control the border more seriously.
Meanwhile, the Revolutionary Guards said the incident was commanded and supported by the intelligence services of a dominant power, referring to the United States.
The Sistan-Baluchestan province is home to a large community of minority Sunni Muslims.
Another Sunni militant group Jundallah (Soldiers of God), whose leader Abdolmalek Rigi was hanged in June 2010 has also launched attacks on civilians and officials in Sistan-Baluchestan. Drug traffickers have also clashed with members of the security forces in Sistan-Baluchestan in the past.