Iranian MP Slams Pakistan's Inaction over Border Control
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – An Iranian lawmaker decried neighboring Pakistan for its inability to ensure security along its common border with the Islamic Republic after four Iranian police were killed in two consecutive terrorist attacks in a border area in eastern Iran.
“The Pakistani government has practically no control over the border areas and if they (Pakistanis) really cannot control (the common border), they had better tell us so that we ourselves would take action,” Esmail Kowsari, member of the Iranian parliament’s national security and foreign policy commission told the Tasnim News Agency on Thursday.
His comments came after the death of four Iranian police officers in attacks by terrorist groups in the eastern town of Saravan, near the border with Pakistan.
A car bomb attack on a police station in the border city left one police officer dead and three others injured on Thursday morning. The attack came a day after three other police forces were killed in a separate terrorist attack in the city.
The Jaish-ul-Adl terrorist group has reportedly claimed responsibility for the deadly attacks.
The Pakistani-based group has already carried out terrorist activities in the area.
Back in February, the terrorist group abducted five Iranian border guards in Jakigour region in Sistan and Balouchestan Province and took them to Pakistan.
Later on April 6 and following special diplomatic efforts by the Iranian officials, four of the five abductees were released and returned home after being held hostage for two months. The fate of the fifth soldier is still unknown.