Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Iran summons Pakistan envoy over border guard deaths

Iran calls on Islamabad to take serious measures to prevent cross-border terrorist attacks by outlaws.

Iran has summoned the Pakistani ambassador to Tehran over a series of terrorist incidents that killed several Iranian guards at the Pakistani border.

On Saturday night, Foreign Ministry Director General for West Asia Affairs Rasoul Eslami protested against the fact that the Pakistani territory is being used by terrorist groups and bandits to attack Iranian border guards, and called on Islamabad to take serious measures to prevent similar incidents.

In the latest border clashes, two Iranian border police officers were killed and several border guards injured in the southeast on Thursday in armed clashes with a group of bandits at Iran-Pakistan border.
“It is unacceptable for us that a number of terrorists and bandits trespass our territory from the Pakistani soil and attack and kill our country’s border guards,” Eslami told Pakistani Ambassador Noor Mohammad Jadmani.

“Such problems should not harm the friendly ties between the two countries and the officials should find a solution and prevent the two nations’ enemies from achieving their objectives,” he added.

Jadmani, for his part, expressed sorrow over the terrorist incident and pledged to convey Tehran’s objection to Islamabad.

Iran has repeatedly criticized its eastern neighbors for failing to rein in terrorists who cross back borders into these countries after carrying out attacks on Iran’s soil.

On Saturday, Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Ground Forces’ second-in-command, Brigadier General Abdollah Araqi said Iran has evidence proving that terrorists have infiltrated into Iran from the neighboring Pakistan.

On October 8, three Iranian police officers were killed when they came under attack overnight by armed bandits while on a mission in the city of Saravan in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan.

Another police officer was killed after an explosives-laden car driven to the police station by terrorists went off hours after the first incident.

Iranian security forces have apprehended a number of terrorists involved in the recent killings.

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