Published: Tue, February 19, 2019
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Iran warns Pakistan to penalize militant group over attack

Iran warns Pakistan to penalize militant group over attack

He offered his condolences over martyrdom of the members of Islamic Revolution Guards Corps in a suicide bombing near Iran-Pakistan border.

The IRGC said that 150 kilograms of explosives and 600 kilograms of "explosive materials" as well as weapons and ammunition were confiscated in the raids in Saravan and Khash.

The head of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard threatened to retaliate against neighboring Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates over a suicide auto bombing this week that killed 27 members of the elite organization.

According to the Iranian media, the Sunni rebel group the Jasih al-Adl, based in Pakistan, has held responsibility for the attack.

"Why is it that till now neither PM Imran Khan nor FM Querishi who keep sprouting their wisdom on India have condemned the attack?", an expert on Indo-Pak affairs pointed out.

The official maintained that the Zahedan terror attack was coordinated by Western/Arab intelligence services on the Pakistan soil.

He further stressed that the Pakistani government is responsible for ensuring the safe return of the abducted Iranian border guards.

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"We asked the Pakistani authorities to either purge the territories where terrorist groups are stationed or to allow Iranian forces to enter these (areas) and confront them", Bagheri said. On Saturday, Iran had warned that Pakistan would pay "a heavy price" for allegedly harbouring the attackers who planned the incident.

The suicide vehicle bomber hit a bus carrying IRGC personnel between the cities of Zahedan and Khash near the border with Pakistan.

In a tweet, Mr Araghchi said, Iran and India suffered from two heinous terrorist attacks recently which resulted in big casualties. A suicide bombing in the port city of Chabahar killed two police officers and wounded 42 people in December.

Meanwhile, Iran today summoned the Pakistani ambassador to the country over deadly terror attack on their security forces.

Taha Siddiqui, a Pakistani journalist and founder of safenewsrooms.org, has told Al Jazeera that "many of these groups have Saudi funding, but since Pakistan is dependent on Saudi aid, it turns a blind eye", on the existence of Jaish al-Adl and other armed groups.

Iran's Chief of Staff of Armed Forces Major-General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri emphasized that the enemies of the Islamic Republic of Iran will not dare to attack Iran. In one of the worst attacks on Indian security forces in decades, at least 41 Indian paramilitary police officers were killed in a suicide attack in the restive region of Kashmir on February 14.

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