Pakistan’s Inability to Prevent Terrorist Acts Intolerable: Iranian Spokesman
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi criticized Pakistan for failing to prevent the recent terrorist attack on the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) forces along the common borders, describing it as unacceptable to Tehran.
“It is not tolerable for us that the Pakistani government and army fail to prevent these evil and terrorist acts against Iran from inside its territory,” Qassemi told reporters at his weekly press conference in Tehran on Monday.
The Islamic Republic of Iran is willing to see that its common border with Pakistan is a border of friendship and peace, he said.
The spokesman further hoped that the Islamabad government would be able and willing to prevent such terrorist incidents.
On Wednesday night when a number of IRGC forces were traveling between the cities of Zahedan and Khash, in Sistan and Balouchestan, their bus was hit by the suicide car bomb attack. It killed 27 IRGC members and injured 13 others.
The IRGC’s Quds Base said in a statement that an explosives-laden car rammed into the bus, which was taking the personnel back to their homes.
The so-called Jaish ul-Adl terrorist group has reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack.
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said on Thursday there are clear links between the terror attack and spy agencies of some countries in the region and beyond, urging Iranian security organizations to seriously pursue the issue.
In a Sunday telephone conversation with his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said his country is ready for any kind of cooperation with Iran to probe into the terrorist attack.