Official: Pakistan Accountable for Fate of Iranian Abductees
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - An Iranian deputy interior minister said the Pakistani government should be held accountable for the fate of the Iranian border guards who have been kidnapped by a Pakistani-based terrorist group some 50 days ago.
Speaking to reporters here in Tehran on Tuesday evening, Deputy Interior Minister for Security and Law Enforcement Affairs Ali Abdollahi said the onus is on Islamabad to secure the release of the Iranian soldiers abducted by the Jaish-ul-Adl terrorist group.
He said Iran started to take whatever measure was necessary once the country’s border guards were kidnapped in February, adding that even an Iranian delegation was dispatched to Pakistan’s Quetta to discuss the issue with the Pakistani officials.
According to Abdollahi, the Pakistani authorities have also admitted that the Iranian guards have been taken into the Pakistani soil by the Jaish-ul-Adl terrorist group, meaning that Islamabad is held responsible for the fate of the soldiers.
This comes after the deputy governor-general of Iran’s southeastern province of Sistan and Balouchestan, Ali Asghar Mirshekari, confirmed on Monday that Jamshid Danaeifar, one of the kidnapped soldiers has been killed by the terrorist group.
“The report on the martyrdom of Jamshid Danaeifar has been confirmed,” Mirshekari stated.
In a Sunday Tweet, Jaish-ul-Adl terrorists claimed that they had killed one of the abductees, called Jamshid Danaeifar.
The five Iranian border guards were kidnapped in Jakigour region in Iran’s southeastern province of Sistan and Balouchestan on February 6 and taken to Pakistan.