Iranian MP slams Pakistan for lax border control

TEHRAN (FNA)- Vice-Chairman of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Mansour Haqiqatpour called on Pakistan’s security officials to show more responsibility in controlling their borders with Iran.

Haqiqatpour’s remarks came after five Iranian border guards were abducted in Jakigour region in Iran’s Sistan and Baluchestan Province on February 6 and transferred to the Pakistani territory.

“The diplomatic apparatus must also place pressure on Pakistan through serious negotiations to swiftly determine the fate of (the kidnapped Iranian) border guards, return them to Iran and prevent the repetition of [similar] incidents through severe punitive measures,” Haqiqatpour said.

Earlier this week, the Iranian Foreign Ministry summoned Pakistani Ambassador to Tehran Nour Mohammad Jadmani to explain about the fate of the five Iranian border guards.

The director-general of West Asia Office of the Iranian Foreign Ministry on Sunday invited the Pakistani envoy and conveyed the Islamic Republic’s “displeasure and official protest” to him over the terrorist attack and the abduction of Iranian border guards.

The Iranian official pointed to several terrorist attacks along Iran’s border with Pakistan over the recent months and called on Pakistani officials to guarantee the safe return of the border guards to Iran.

The Foreign Ministry official also urged the Pakistani government to hand over the perpetrators of the terrorist act to Tehran and to take serious measures to prevent the recurrence of such incidents in the future.

The Pakistani diplomat, who was handed an official protest note from Iran during the meeting, expressed regret over the terrorist operation.

Jadmani said he would convey Iran’s message to Islamabad to pursue the issue.

On Saturday, the outlawed Jeish Al-Adl radical Sunni Wahhabi movement claimed responsibility for the abduction of 5 Iranian border guards in Southeastern Iran.

The grouplet released a photo of the kidnapped border guards on its Tweeter page and claimed the responsibility for their abduction on Saturday.

Earlier reports said that they had been transferred to Pakistan which has a long border with Iran in the Southeastern parts of the country.

Also, last November, Jeish Al-Adl claimed responsibility for the assassination of Zabol prosecutor.

In the early hours of November 6, unknown assailants killed the prosecutor of Zabol city in Sistan and Balouchestan province, Mousa Nouri, and his driver while they were on their way to work.

But, Iranian officials rejected the claim, saying Jeish Al-Adl was just bluffing to boast about its power. Iranian officials said another terrorist group had most likely conducted the attack. A few weeks later, Iranian security forces arrested the terrorists who were said to be not a member of Jeish Al-Adl.

Jeish Al-Adl had also killed 14 Iranian border guards two weeks before Nouri’s terror incident.

By Fars News Agency


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