Tehran, Feb 17 : Iran has summoned the Pakistani Ambassador to lodge a protest about a suicide bombing that killed 27 of its elite Revolutionary Guards in the border province of Sistan-Baluchestan this week.
Iran has accused Pakistan’s army and Inter-Services Intelligence agency of sheltering the terrorists, who orchestrated the suicide bombing.
Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) chief has warned Pakistan to crack down on armed group Jaish al-Adl before Tehran takes its “revenge”.
The Sunni group Jaish al Adl (Army of Justice) claimed responsibility for the attack on Wednesday.
Jafari blamed Pakistan’s army and Inter-Services Intelligence agency, saying that “sheltering and silence” amounts to supporting the perpetrators.
“If Pakistan fails to punish them in the near future, Iran will do so based on international law and will retaliate against the terrorists,” Jafari said.
“The government of Pakistan must pay the price of harbouring these terrorist groups and this price will undoubtedly be very high,” said Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, referring to jihadist outfit Jaish al Adl (“Army of Justice”).
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj made a brief stopover in Iran on Saturday, days after India lost soldiers in a suicide bombing carried out by terrorists operating from Pakistani soil.
Swaraj met Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Seyed Abbas Aragchchi while enroute to Bulgaria as part of her three-nation tour.
“Iran and India suffered from two heinous terrorist attacks in the past few days resulted in big casualties. Today in my meeting with Sushma Swaraj the Indian FM, when she had a stopover in Tehran, we agreed on close cooperation to combat terrorism in the region. Enough is enough!” Araghchi tweeted.