Efforts ongoing to free Iran border guards: Official

A top Iranian official says efforts are ongoing to free the five Iranian border guards who were recently abducted and transferred to Pakistan.

In reference to a recent execution threat by the abductors of the Iranian conscripts, Iran’s Interior Ministry Spokesman Hossein Ali Amiri said on Thursday, “We have the necessary intelligence regarding the issue.”

“Certain measures are ongoing on the site in this respect,” Amiri added, refusing, however, to provide details for security reasons.

He expressed hope that the kidnapped Iranian border guards will be set free and reunited with their families.

In a tweet posted on the Internet on Wednesday, the so-called Jaish-ul-Adl group, which has claimed responsibility for the abductions, threatened to execute them in retaliation for the alleged hanging of one of their operatives in Iran.

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

Spokesman for Iran’s Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Seyyed Hossein Naqavi Hosseini said on Thursday that the five Iranian border guards are unharmed and in good health.

Also on Thursday, Iran’s Police Chief Brigadier General Esmail Ahmadi-Moqaddam said efforts are ongoing to “secure the freedom of the kidnapped border guards through cooperation among the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), the Police Force, the Intelligence Ministry and the diplomatic apparatus.”

The five Iranian border guards were abducted in Jakigour region of Sistan and Baluchestan Province on February 6 and taken to Pakistani territory.

On October 25, 2013, Jaish-ul-Adl 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 comply with the terms of the agreement.

By Press TV

 

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