Iran threatens to cross into Pakistan and hit militant 'safe havens'

Cheryl Sanders
May 10, 2017

Pakistan's relations with Iran have nosedived after the recent killing of ten Iranian border guards at Mirjaveh on the Sistan-Baluchistan border by the Pakistan-based Sunni terror outfit, Jaish al-Adl or "The Army of Justice".

Stressing that Iran can not bear such situation anymore, he said that the Pakistani officials are expected to tighten control over their borders, arrest and extradite the terrorists to Iran and close their bases in Pakistan.

In 2014, Iran warned Pakistan that it would use military force to retrieve five guards snatched by militants on the border.

Officials said the two governments also agreed "in principle to revive a hotline" between their border security forces to resolve any issues at the frontier. The so-called Jaish ul-Adl terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack, which was launched from the Pakistani soil.

Gen. Baqeri further added "We expect the Pakistani officials to control the borders, arrest the terrorists and shut down their bases". Baqeri's remarks came after Iranian border troops were killed in a clash with militants.

Analysts believe that tensions between the two countries could have also increased due to Iran's sponsoring of Shia militant groups from Pakistan. The assailants escaped into Pakistani territory immediately after the attack.

The militant group says its attacks are aimed at what it calls discriminations against Sunni minorities in predominantly Shi'ite Iran.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif had visited Pakistan shortly after the attack on the Iranian guards, and had asked Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to improve border security along the region.

Independent observers believe aggressive posturing by Iran could possibly be linked to recent move by Pakistan allowing the former army chief General (retd) Raheel Sharif to lead a Saudi-led alliance against terrorism.

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