TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Deputy Interior Minister for Security and Law Enforcement Affairs Hossein Zolfaqari said border guards have arrested a number of anti-revolutionary forces who were planning to disrupt the upcoming elections.
“We have stepped up border surveillance and security ahead of the elections with some great results,” Zolfaqari told journalists on Tuesday.
“The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, the Law Enforcement Police, and the Intelligence Ministry have in the past few days managed to arrest several counter-revolutionaries in eastern regions,” he added.
Eastern Iran borders Pakistan and Afghanistan. The country’s border with Pakistan has been the scene of heavy clashes between the Iranian military troops and terrorist groups that have launched several cross-border attacks on the Muslim nation so far, while the borders with Afghanistan are seen by international drug cartels that intend to transit tons of narcotics to Europe through Iran.
Last October, Zolfaqari said security and intelligence forces were monitoring the enemies’ attempts to carry out espionage operations inside Iran.
“The infiltration attempts of spying agents are monitored by different bodies and wherever there is a ground that the enemy seeks to use it for infiltration, spying or different issues, it will be prevented or confronted legally, if necessary,” Zolfaqari told FNA.
In February last year, Iran’s vetting body, the Guardian Council, agreed with an Interior Ministry proposal for holding the country’s next parliamentary elections in February 2016.
Spokesman of Iran’s Guardian Council Nejatollah Ebrahimian announced at the time that the official date for the next legislative elections in the country would be February 26 next year.
In relevant remarks in January, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei warned that Washington is attempting to reach its ominous goals against Iran using the parliamentary elections in February.
“Similar to us, the Americans are after change, but we want changes that reduce the distance between the country and society and the goals of Islam and Revolution and they exactly want the opposite of the Iranian nation’s will and they are after distancing the society from the Revolution’s goals and bringing Iran close to their goals,” Ayatollah Khamenei said, addressing the Iranian Friday prayers leaders in Tehran.
“The Americans have pinned hope on the elections to materialize this goal,” he added.
Ayatollah Khamenei expressed confidence that the great and vigilant Iranian nation will act against the enemies’ will, and called for mass participation in the February parliamentary elections.