Terrorist group threatens to execute abducted Iranian soldiers

The terrorist group holding five Iranian border guards hostage in Pakistan has threatened to execute them in retaliation for the alleged hanging of one of their operatives in Iran.

The Jaish-ul-Adl group, which kidnapped the Iranian soldiers on February 6, made the announcement in a tweet on Wednesday.

The group said a “religious tribunal” has already handed down the death penalty to all the five Iranian soldiers.

The Iranian soldiers were abducted in Jakigour region in the southeastern Iranian Sistan and Baluchestan Province before being taken by their captors to Pakistani territory.

In a bid to protect the hostage-takers, Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) has reportedly taken the Iranian hostages to a spot 300 kilometers into Pakistani territory.

Iran has repeatedly declared that it holds the Pakistani government responsible for the lives of the Iranian hostages. Pundits believe that by supporting extremist Wahhabi groups, which are buttressed and promoted by Saudi Arabia, the Islamabad government is pursuing policies dictated by Riyadh.

A week ago, Tehran and Islamabad held a joint border commission meeting in the Pakistani city of Quetta to discuss the abductions with Pakistani officials.

Tehran has asked Interpol to prosecute the kidnappers.

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 comply with the terms of the agreement.

By Press TV

 

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