Iran warns will hit militant 'safe havens' inside Pakistan

Published: May 8, 2017
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The head of the Iranian armed forces warned Islamabad on Monday that Tehran would hit bases inside Pakistan if the government does not confront Sunni militants who carry out cross-border attacks.

Ten Iranian border guards were killed by militants last month. Iran said Jaish al Adl, a Sunni militant group, had shot the guards with long-range guns, fired from inside Pakistan. The border area has long been plagued by unrest from both drug smuggling gangs and separatist militants.

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“We cannot accept the continuation of this situation,” Major General Mohammad Baqeri, the head of the Iranian armed forces was quoted as saying by state news agency IRNA.

“We expect the Pakistani officials to control the borders, arrest the terrorists and shut down their bases.”

“If the terrorist attacks continue, we will hit their safe havens and cells, wherever they are,” he said.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif visited Pakistan last week and asked Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to improve the border security. Pakistan assured Iran it would deploy additional troops along its border.

In 2014 Iran warned it would send troops to Pakistan to retrieve five Iranian border guards kidnapped by Jaish al Adl. Pakistan said at the time that such action would be violation of the international law and warned Iranian forces not to cross the border.

Iran refrained from sending the troops when a local Sunni cleric stepped in and resolved the situation. Four of the guards were released a few months later, but one was killed by the militants.

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Jaish al Adl is a Sunni militant group that 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, where the majority are Shias.

The group claimed responsibility for attacks that killed eight border guards in April 2015 and 14 border guards in October 2013.

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  • Angry Pitbull
    May 8, 2017 - 2:10PM

    Pakistan is facing problem in all the four directions EAST, WEST, North & SOUTHRecommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    May 8, 2017 - 2:32PM

    Pak is as diverse as India in its culture . The west of Pak has more in common with central asian culture . the east is akin to India with Punjab and Sind .Recommend

  • Farooq Ahmed
    May 8, 2017 - 3:34PM

    It is indeed an international embarrassment if our forces fail to eliminate terror groups in Pakistan causing our neighbor and brotherly country Iran to complain so strongly. Eliminate such antistate elements, at all costs. Recommend

  • Shahid
    May 8, 2017 - 4:48PM

    And people were saying we should support Iran instead of Saudi Arabia. Recommend

  • bashir gul
    May 8, 2017 - 4:56PM

    Another mouse threatening Pakistan.Recommend

  • Usman khan
    May 8, 2017 - 5:10PM

    yeah, seems like sending kulbhushan to sponsor terrorism wasn’t enough after all.Recommend

  • ksahmad
    May 8, 2017 - 5:12PM

    No worries. We are coming from Saudi Arabia. #MuslimNato for you.Recommend

  • salman
    May 8, 2017 - 5:17PM

    General, Don’t try to punch above your weight!Recommend

  • Arshad
    May 8, 2017 - 5:17PM

    Iran should know by now that terrorist are simply terrorist and not Shia or Sunni. If it was possible to check them then the world would have been free of terrorism. In-fact Iran will be playing into the hands of terrorist if they take any reckless action. Actually they should have discussion and exchange of information with all parties involved to root out terrorism. They should also examine the role of anti-Muslim countries who want to create conflict in this area.Recommend

  • Ahmed
    May 8, 2017 - 5:23PM

    While IRAN has all the right to ask for such actions the language used is clearly indicating its siding with the BLOCK (Indian – Afghanistan – IRAN) with Russian influence. Recommend

  • 007
    May 8, 2017 - 5:26PM

    What a conflicting choice of words by Iran. On one hand saying a terrorist is a terrorist, now calling that problem to be by ‘sunni militants’.Recommend

  • 007
    May 8, 2017 - 5:30PM

    @Shahid Pakistan should support neither. We should be proud to be multicultural and prove the world sunnis and shias live in harmony here Recommend

  • Shahid
    May 8, 2017 - 5:48PM

    @007:
    I agree with you. Sensible commentRecommend

  • Ameer Qaisrani
    May 8, 2017 - 8:06PM

    LOL
    India is trying to counter the death penalty of Kulbushan by pressuring Pakistan from Afghan & Iran’s side. Well you all must know that we can handle all this pressure really easily and defuse all of your notorious plansRecommend

  • Asad ali
    May 8, 2017 - 8:42PM

    i don’t care about sunnis and shias but if anyone (India, Iran,Afghanistan etc) tries to harm our country we should give them a befitting answer!!Recommend

  • Tangent
    May 8, 2017 - 8:43PM

    What about safe heavens of terrorists in Iran? Uzair Baluch travelled to UAE on Iranian passport, mullah Mansoor of taliban was returning from Iran when killed, kulbhushan had his headquarters in Iran. Kettle calling the pot black.Recommend

  • Farru
    May 8, 2017 - 9:35PM

    Do we have to fight with 3 neighbours at a time?Recommend

  • Grace
    May 8, 2017 - 11:41PM

    Iran is no position to do anything. Most Iranians just want to smuggle into Europe and live as refugees so what is Iran going to do, especially since Trump wants to slap on sanctions again? If anything, Iran has allowed Indian terrorists and agents to use its soil along with the Afghans.Recommend

  • Mir Masjidi
    May 9, 2017 - 12:23PM

    @salman:
    In a conventional war I am sure Iran would give us a run for our money. Iranians don’t take things sitting down.Recommend

  • Abc
    May 9, 2017 - 3:16PM

    All the Indians are commenting on Pakistan neighbors forget that all their neighbors hate them a lot more :) Recommend

  • ahsan
    May 10, 2017 - 2:55PM

    This is Iran…………. an Indian thoughts by an Iranian army personnel….Recommend

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