News ID: 13783
Published: 0623 GMT October 19, 2014

Pakistan envoy summoned over border guard deaths

Pakistan envoy summoned over border guard deaths

Iran has summoned the Pakistani ambassador in Tehran over a series of terrorist incidents that killed several Iranian guards at the Pakistani border.


On Saturday night, Foreign Ministry Director General for West Asia Affairs Rasoul Eslami objected to the Pakistani territory being used by terrorist groups and bandits to attack Iranian border guards, and called on Islamabad to act seriously to prevent similar incidents.

In the latest border clashes, two Iranian border police officers were killed and several border guards injured in southeastern Iran on Thursday in an armed clash with a group of bandits on the Iran-Pakistan border.

"It is unacceptable for us that a number of terrorists and bandits trespass into our territory from Pakistani soil and attack and kill our border guards," Eslami told Pakistani Ambassador Noor Mohammad Jadmani.

"Such problems should not harm the friendly ties between the two countries and officials should find a solution and prevent the two nations ' enemies from achieving their objectives," he added.

Jadmani, for his part, expressed sorrow over the terrorist incident and pledged to convey Tehran's objection to Islamabad.

On Saturday, Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Ground Forces' second-in-command, Brigadier General Abdollah Araqi said Iran has evidence proving that terrorists have infiltrated into Iran from neighboring Pakistan.

Noting that the Islamic Republic will respond "legally and politically" to cross-border attacks, the general said, "We are trying to establish lasting security in [border] areas by fortifying borders, exercising further intelligence control and boosting our military capability."

Araqi added that due to steps taken by the IRGC, the police and the Intelligence Ministry, terrorist operations, which used to be conducted in the interior parts of the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan up to five years ago, are now carried out only in border areas.

On October 8, three Iranian police officers were killed when they, along with other patrol police forces, came under a nighttime attack by armed bandits while on a mission in the city of Saravan in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan.

Another police officer was killed after an explosives-laden car taken to the police station by terrorists went off hours after the first incident.


Perpetrators held

Iranian security forces have apprehended a number of perpetrators responsible for the recent killings.

IRNA quoted a Law Enforcement commander in Sistan-Baluchestan as saying that security forces have apprehended two perpetrators accountable for the slaying of two police officers in 2011 in Saravan.

Meanwhile, Deputy Border Police Chief Brigadier General Ahmad Geravand said the Islamic Republic's military forces vigorously safeguard the borders.

"Iranian border guards will not allow the enemy to launch any aggression against the Islamic Republic's soil and they will resist them until their last drop of blood," Geravand said on Saturday.

He further pointed out that Iran uses state-of-the-art equipment to strengthen security along its borders, adding that Tehran will act seriously against any illegal entry into the country.

The Iranian Army and the IRGC are currently cooperating with other forces to ensure the security of Iranian borders, he noted.


Pakistan demands answers

Meanwhile, the Pakistan government summoned the Iranian ambassador Saturday to protest the killing of a Pakistani security official by Iranian border guards, Tasnim Aslam, spokeswoman for the Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, New York Times reported.

"The Iranian ambassador was summoned, a protest was lodged and an investigation was demanded into the killing of our security official," Aslam said in an interview on Saturday.

A Pakistani paramilitary officer was killed and four soldiers were wounded after their vehicle came under fire from Iranian border guards in Kech district of Baluchistan, the southwestern Pakistani province that borders Iran, according to Pakistani officials.

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