The head of Iranian Armed Forces, on Monday, warned Islamabad by saying that Tehran would not hesitate to hit the bases inside Pakistan if the government does not confront Sunni militants who carry out cross-border attacks.
Last month, ten Iranian border guards were killed by militants. The government of Iran said that a Sunni militant group called Jaish al-Adl had shot the border guards with long-range guns which were fired from Pakistan.
“We cannot accept the continuation of this situation,” said Major General Mohammad Baqeri, the head of the Iranian armed forces, reports The Financial Express.
“We expect the Pakistani officials to control the borders, arrest the terrorists and shut down their bases,” he added. “If the terrorist attacks continue, we will hit their safe havens and cells, wherever they are.”
This is not the first time Iran has issued a warning to Pakistan. In 2014, when the Sunni militant group kidnapped five Iranian border guards, the officials threatened that they would send troops to Pakistan in order to retrieve the five border guards.
However, at that time Pakistan said that such action would be a violation of the international law and warned Iranian forces not to cross the border.
The dispute was settled after a local Sunni cleric stepped in and resolved the situation. Iran refrained from sending the troops to Pakistan.
A few months later, four of the border guards were released but the militants killed one of the guards.
The Sunni militant group, Jaish al-Adl has carried out several attacks against Iranian security forces with the aim of highlighting what they say is discrimination against minority Sunni Muslims in Iran. The group claimed responsibility for attacks that killed eight border guards in April 2015 and 14 border guards in October 2013.
Information source: financialexpress
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