Iran Ready to Mount Anti-Terrorism Operation on Pakistani Soil: Minister
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli highlighted the insecurity of common borders with Pakistan, which recently led to the abduction of 14 borders guards by terrorists, and said the Islamic Republic is ready to carry out counterterrorism operations on Pakistani soil.
Speaking to reporters in Tehran on Saturday, Rahmani Fazli said following the efforts by various security and diplomatic organizations, the Foreign Ministry in particular, the terrorists handed over five of the 14 Iranian border guards to the Pakistani side.
“We are pursuing (the issue) so that all of the beloved ones taken hostage by the criminals, would return to us,” he said.
Iran expects the Pakistani government to boost security cooperation along the common borders, the minister stressed.
He went on to say that if Pakistan cannot act against the terrorists for any reason, Iran is ready to carry out operations on Pakistani soil, where the terrorists are present, with Islamabad’s permission.
Speaking to reporters at a press conference in the northern city of Qazvin on Thursday, IRGC Commander Major General Jafari also said the abducted border guards will be freed but it will take time.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Commander of the IRGC Ground Force Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour recently traveled to Pakistan as part of efforts to secure their release.
Pakistani-based terrorists kidnapped 14 Iranian forces at a border post in Mirjaveh region in Sistan and Balouchestan province on October 15.
Iranian military forces along the southeastern border areas are frequently attacked by terrorist groups coming from Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Tehran has frequently asked the two neighbors to step up security at the common border to prevent terrorist attacks on Iranian forces.