Iran Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli has held Pakistan accountable for the recent abduction of five Iranian border guards, stating that the Pakistani authorities must be answerable to Iran in this regard.
Rahmani Fazli said on Saturday that occurrence of such incidents in border areas attests to the vigilance of Iranian forces, who do not allow the assailants to infiltrate the country.
On the other hand, he added, the border incidents make the country that is on the other side of the border responsible.
“We totally hold Pakistan responsible and this country must be answerable,” the Iranian interior minister emphasized.
Rahmani Fazli said the Iranian Foreign Ministry has also conveyed Tehran’s strong objection to Pakistani Ambassador to Iran Noor Mohammad Jadmani, and an Iranian delegation is due to visit Pakistan soon to discuss the issue with Pakistani officials.
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 so-called Jaish-ul-Adl terrorist group claimed responsibility for the abductions.
On October 25, 2013, the group killed 14 Iranian border guards and wounded six others in the border region near the city of Saravan in Sistan and Baluchestan Province.
In February 2013, 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 the activities that pose a threat to the national security of either country.
Iran has repeatedly called on Pakistan to commit to the terms of the agreement.
By Press TV
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