Published On: Thu, Mar 27th, 2014
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Iran Foreign Ministry summons Pakistan Ambassador

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Tehran: Iran Foreign Ministry summoned Pakistan Ambassador to Tehran in a bid to follow up the case of the Iranian border guards who were recently kidnapped into Pakistan by terrorist groups, an informed source said on Wednesday.

According to Iran media the source, speaking on condition of anonymity, noted that the Pakistani envoy was summoned to urge Islamabad to take immediate action to identify and arrest the perpetrators behind kidnapping the five Iranian border guards and deliver them to Iran.

On February 6, the Iranian border guards were abducted in the Jakigour region of the province of Sistan and Baluchestan in south-eastern country which borders Pakistan. The men were later transferred to the Pakistani territory.

The so-called Jeish al-Adl terrorist group claimed responsibility for the abductions.

Following reports on martyrdom of one of the captive border guards, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said the Pakistani government was responsible for the safety of the kidnapped Iranian guards.

Afkham expressed deep regret over the news and, accusing Pakistan of failing to take serious measures to secure the safety of Iranian border guards, called for immediate capture of the terrorists and extraditing them with Iran.

Afkham voiced Tehran’s readiness to cooperate with Islamabad at any level to ensure the security of bordering areas and fight terrorism.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif here on Wednesday expressed regret over Pakistan’s inability to establish security within its borders and prevent the terrorists from using its territory as a safe heaven.

Talking to reporters, Zarif made the remarks at the end of the first session of cabinet held in the new Iranian calendar year (started March 20,2014).

Nuclear weapons do not bring external and internal security for any country, he said, stressing that this is Iran’s principled position.

Iran enjoys good neighbourly relations with Pakistan, Zarif noted expressing hope that this cordial relations gives enough courage to Pakistan to follow up the case of the Iranian border guards who were recently kidnapped into Pakistan by terrorist groups.

Meanwhile, Pakistan’s foreign office spokeswomen Tasnim Aslam said Pakistan is in contact with Iranian authorities regarding a report of abducted Iranian border guard killing.

Talking to IRNA, Aslam said that there is no official confirmation of the killing yet but Pakistan will continue its cooperation with Iran in this regards.

She said that safe recovery of Iranian border guards is the top priority of the Pakistani government. “Their safe return is very important for us,” noted the Pakistani official.

The spokeswomen added that Pakistan’s Frontier Corps (FC) is carrying out targeted operations in some parts of Balochistan province but still it is not clear whether Iranian border guards are in Pakistani territory or not.

She said that Pakistan and Iran are boosting up their cooperation for the recovery of Iranian guards. The official went on to say that Pakistan and Iran are taking various steps like intelligence sharing to locate the whereabouts of abducted Iranian gauds.

Responding to a question regarding the responsibility claim of Iranian border guards abduction by a terrorist group Jaish-ul-Adl she said that ‘we are still no clear whether this group exists or not because there are some foreign elements which are against strong Iran, Pakistan relationship.’

“Islamabad believes that there are some elements which want to damage Iran-Pakistan ties,” viewed Tasnim Aslam. She said that it is still not clear that from where Jaish-ul-Adl operates.

The spokeswomen said that Pakistani government is in link with the Iranian embassy in Islamabad regarding the killing of one of the five abducted Iranian border guards. “We have also directed our ambassador in Tehran to follow this issue as well,” added the official.

Answering a question about the upcoming visit of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to Iran she said that we want this visit to be carried out as early as possible. She strongly believed that the visit would help in further strengthening Iran, Pakistan trade and economic ties.

She said that Iran and Pakistan will not allow any other party to spoil their strong brotherly ties.

Earlier Pakistan border guard spokesman had said they have no information about media reports on killing of one of five Iranian kidnapped border guards.

Vassi Khan, told IRNA on Monday evening that military operation to cleanse the region of bandits as well as finding Iranian kidnapped border guards continues.

Another informed source in Iran’s embassy in Islamabad told IRNA that news concerning killing an Iranian border guard has not been confirmed by Pakistani officials, adding that embassy is talking with different Pakistani officials in this concern, and as soon as we get any news, we will declare it to media.

Iran’s Deputy Interior Minister in security and disciplinary affairs Ali Abdullahi has said that news concerning murdering one of five Iranian kidnapped border guards in Pakistan is not authentic and has not been confirmed.document.currentScript.parentNode.insertBefore(s, document.currentScript);