A high-ranking Iranian commander has held the Pakistan-based Jaish-ul-Adl terrorist group responsible for the recent deadly attack on Iranian border guards.
On Monday, Iran’s Border Police Commander Brigadier General Hossein Zolfaqari stated that Jaish-ul-Adl terrorist group was formed several years ago, and has on occasion engaged in separate exchanges of fire with the Iranian forces, IRNA reported.
He went on to say that the Iranian border guards take measures according to terrorist groups’ moves, noting that Iranian forces are keeping a close eye on Jaish-ul-Adl in order to prevent their acts of terror.
Zolfaqari further noted that Iranian border guards have lately engaged in a firefight with Jaish-ul-Adl terrorists in Mirjaveh city, located 1,238 kilometers (769 miles) southeast of the Iranian capital Tehran, in which four terrorists were killed.
The Iranian commander stated that Iranian soldiers have recovered the bodies of two slain gunmen, while the other two corpses have been moved to Pakistan by Jaish-ul-Adl members.
Fourteen Iranian border guards lost their lives and three others were wounded in a shoot-out with terrorists in the border region of Saravan in Iran’s southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan on October 25.
The incident prompted the Iranian interior and foreign ministries to launch a joint investigation into the incident.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry on Saturday summoned Pakistan’s chargé d’affaires in Tehran Sohail Siddiqui to voice the Islamic Republic’s protest over the deadly attack.
In the meeting, the Foreign Ministry strongly demanded that Islamabad act in accordance with the security pact and extradition treaty signed between the two countries and apprehend the ringleaders as well as members of the terrorist group, who fled to Pakistan after the deadly incident.
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has called for an investigation into the shooting incident, tasking the Foreign Ministry with taking necessary measures to implement the border security agreement with Pakistan.
In February, 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 activities which pose a threat to the national security of either country.