Iran Police Chief: Pakistan Should Not Be Terrorists' Safe Haven
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Iran's Police Chief Brigadier General Esmail Ahmadi Moqaddam condemned the recent terrorist attacks in the country's southeast, saying it is not acceptable to see Pakistan be used as a safe haven for terrorist groups.
“Our diplomatic organization should act more actively and it is not acceptable that the Pakistani soil be a safe haven for the presence of terrorists,” said the commander on Thursday.
His comments came after the death of four Iranian police officers in attacks by terrorist groups in the southeastern 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.
In separate comments on Thursday, member of the Iranian parliament’s national security and foreign policy commission, Esmail Kowsari, decried neighboring Pakistan for its inability to ensure security along its shared border with Iran.
In February 2013, Iran and Pakistan signed a security agreement which requires both sides to take strict measures to combat terrorism and human and drug trafficking.
But the Pakistani side has frequently failed to fulfil its obligations under the agreement.
In February this year, five Iranian border guards were kidnapped by a terrorist group in Jakigour region in Iran’s Sistan and Balouchestan province and taken to Pakistan.
Four of the five were released and returned home after being held hostage for two months but the fate of the fifth one still remains unclear.