Iran may send investigators to Pakistan over border attack

An Iranian deputy foreign minister says the country is weighing plans to dispatch a delegation to Pakistan to probe the recent terrorist attack in southeastern Iran which killed 14 Iranian border guards.

Saying that Iran’s Foreign Ministry has already summoned Pakistan’s chargé d’affaires in connection with the incident, Iran Deputy Foreign Minister for Consular, Parliamentary and Iranian Expatriates Affairs Hassan Qashqavi added in a Friday interview that “there is also the possibility of sending a mission to Pakistan.”

He stated that the issue is being currently discussed between the ministries of interior and foreign affairs, so that the most effective measure would be taken.

The Iranian border guards lost their lives and three others were wounded in a terrorist attack on the border region near the city of Saravan in Iran’s southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan on October 25.

In a letter to the president of the UN Security Council on Monday, Iranian Ambassador to the UN Mohammad Khazaei said evidence indicates the Jaish-ul-Adl terrorist group carried out the terrorist attack by infiltrating Iran’s eastern borders from Pakistan.

On October 26, Iranian Foreign Ministry summoned Pakistan’s chargé d’affaires in Tehran Sohail Siddiqui in protest against the terrorist attack, the perpetrators of which fled to Pakistan.

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has called for an investigation into the incident, tasking the Foreign Ministry with taking the necessary measures to implement a border security agreement with Pakistan.

In February, Iran and Pakistan signed a security agreement, under which both countries are required to cooperate in preventing and combating organized crime, fighting terrorism and countering activities which pose a threat to the national security of either country.

By Press TV


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