TEHRAN, April 28, YJC - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani condemned the recent terrorist attack in southeastern frontier, and called on Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to order prosecution of perpetrators behind killing of Iranian border guards.
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"It is expected that you order prosecution of the perpetrators of the terrorist attack and bring them to justice to maintain and develop brotherly and friendly ties between the two countries,” he said in a letter to Sharif.
On Wednesday, nine Iranian border guards were killed and two others injured in clashes near the Iranian town of Mirjaveh in the province of Sistan-and-Baluchestan. The Jaish ul-Adl terror group claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran has always put Pakistan’s stability, security, growth and welfare on its agenda regarding relations with neighbor and friendly Pakistan,” he said, adding Iran is so disappointed that it has been attacked by armed bandits and terrorists from Pakistan several times.
"Iran’s soil has been never misused against its neighbors, including Pakistan, but unfortunately, lack of necessary confrontation causes killing Iranian border guards and innocent people sometimes.”
Also on Thursday, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said Pakistan should stand accountable for letting armed bandits operate on its soil after they killed Iranian border guards on the country’s southeastern frontier.
"The Pakistani government should be held accountable for the presence and operation of these vicious groups on its soil, ” he said in a post on the Telegram messenger channel on Thursday.
"Carrying out subversive and terrorist operations by armed bandits and grouplets operating as proxies for those known for promoting violence, extremism and Takfirism on the Iranian-Pakistani border is condemned and unacceptable,” he said.
"The countries that are after joining anti-terrorist coalitions must answer how they are incapable of countering armed bandits and terrorist groups on their own soil,” Qassemi asked.
He was apparently referring to Pakistan's participation in a Saudi-led coalition, which has been pounding Yemen for more than two years now under the pretext of fighting terrorists, as well as Islamabad's cooperation with the US.