"We know to some degree of the whereabouts of the hostage soldiers. We recognize only the Pakistani government on this matter and we have nothing to do with the terrorist group,” said Hosseinali Amiri Qaem, Vice-chancellor to Iran’s Minister of Interior.
He further stated "What is important for us is the lives of these 5 dear ones. Things must go in a way so that their lives are not exposed to any threat.”
Amiri pointed out that while the Ministry of Foreign Affairs pursues the diplomatic procedures on the matter, the Interior Ministry is also in contact with the country’s Ambassador to Pakistan and closely follows the case.
He added "Pakistan expressed pity over what has happened. We saw goodwill there. They promised to help free these 5 border guards.”
"A delegation was dispatched to Quetta last week. They formed the joint border committee and viewpoints were exchanged,” the IM Vice-chancellor pointed out.
He added that while efforts are being made to free them, Iran knows about the soldiers’ whereabouts and it also knows that they are in full health.