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Senior MP: Pakistan Should Account for Terrorist Attack against Iranian Border Guards

29 April 2017 11:17

 

Chairman of the parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi lashed out at Pakistan for lax control and easy traffic of terrorists at its borders with Iran, saying that Islamabad is responsible for the killing of Iranian border guards.

“Given the fact that the terrorist grouplets are sheltered inside Pakistan’s territories and they enter the Islamic Republic of Iran’s borders from that country, the Pakistani government should no doubt account for the consequences of this bitter incident and other similar incidents,” Boroujerdi told reporters in the Southeastern province of Sistan and Balouchestan on Saturday.

“The Pakistani government should account for this issue,” he reiterated.

Boroujerdi underlined that since Pakistan cannot control the bordering areas near Iran, the Iranian forces are entitled to adopt necessary measures and give proper response to the terrorists.

On Wednesday, nine Iranian border guards were killed and two others injured in clashes near the Iranian town of Mirjaveh in Sistan and Balouchestan province. The Jeish ul-Adl terrorist group in a statement claimed responsibility for the attack.

On Thursday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani expressed his condolences over the death of the Iranian border guards, urging rapid steps to identify and punish the perpetrators.

“I ask the government of friendly and neighboring Pakistan, which this blind and cowardly act has taken place on their side of border, to take a responsible step and identify, introduce and punish members of the terrorist and Takfiri groups, who are behind this crime, as soon as possible.”

President Rouhani also ordered Iran’s Supreme National Security Council and Ministry of Foreign Affairs to follow up on this issue with diligence so as to prevent repetition of such “unmanly acts” of terrorism.

President Rouhani also asked Pakistani Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif to immediately prosecute the perpetrators of the terrorist attack.

The Iranian president in his message voiced deep regret and concern over the terrorist attacks launched from Pakistan on the Iranian territory.

“The Iranian territory has never been invaded by its neighbors, including Pakistan, but regrettably lack of appropriate measures and necessary prosecution on the part of Pakistani government has caused great loss of lives and property for the Islamic Republic of Iran,” President Rouhani said in his message.

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