Iranians held in Pakistan over cross-border attack

Published: January 2, 2012
Thousands flee Balochistan as cycle of violence escalates.

Thousands flee Balochistan as cycle of violence escalates.

QUETTA: Pakistan on Sunday detained three Iranian border guards after they allegedly crossed the border and shot at a car, killing a Pakistani national, local Pakistani officials said.

The Iranians reached Mazan Sar Mashkail, in Washuk district, three kilometres (1.8miles) inside Pakistan where they opened fire on a vehicle they were chasing, according to officials in Balochistan.

“All three personnel of Iranian border security force were taken into custody for their penetration inside Pakistan and killing a Pakistani national on our soil”, Saeed Ahmad Jamali, Deputy Commissioner of Washuk district told AFP.

A Pakistani national was killed and his brother was wounded by gunshots in the incident, he added.

Mazan Sar Mashkail is around 600 kilometres southwest of Quetta, the main town of insurgency hit Baluchistan province, which borders Iran’s Sistan-Baluchestan province.

Iranian embassy officials in Islamabad were unavailable for comment late Sunday but Iran in the past has blamed a Sunni extremist group, called Jundallah, for launching attacks inside Pakistan from Sistan-Balochistan.

Jundallah says it is fighting Tehran’s Shiite rule to secure rights for Sunni Balochis who form a significant population in Sistan-Balochistan, which borders both Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Pakistani officials said the Iranian guards were trying to take both Pakistani nationals back into Iran.

“Both Pakistanis were injured and one was later died. Pakistani troops at the border surrounded the Iranians and have taken them into custody”, Jamali added.

“We have contacted our senior officials about the fate of these Iranian, Jamali said.

A Pakistan security official in Quetta confirmed the incident with request of anonymity as he was not authorised to speak to media.


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  • ali
    Jan 2, 2012 - 9:41AM

    Put them on trial and hang them!


  • asif
    Jan 2, 2012 - 9:57AM

    oh my god, what else, now even iran have the courage to come to our country and shot us.
    what is left now? bangledesh, afghanistan entering paksitan and shoting at poor pakitanis like goats?

    these murderes ir-respective of their nationality need to be sentenced to death, Supreme Court please take suo moto action of this? or you are too busy discussing non related issues?


  • Pakistani
    Jan 2, 2012 - 9:59AM

    Held them and give proper punishment.


  • Maria
    Jan 2, 2012 - 10:02AM

    Time for Pakistan to seal the border from criminal elements coming from both Afghanistan and Iran. If the US can build a fence along its border with Mexico, why can’t Pakistan do the same?


  • AnisAqeel
    Jan 2, 2012 - 10:03AM

    Hope these Iranians have valid Pakistani Visas issued by…..


  • sam
    Jan 2, 2012 - 10:16AM

    good work.Iranians in the past had intruded into Pakistani territory and kidnapped officials.Iranians killed 3 Pakistani fishermen who mistakenly went into Iranian sea terrotory.They have been pretty aggressive.we must limit them.


  • Ramin
    Jan 2, 2012 - 10:23AM

    All neighbors envy Pasistan’s strategic assets!!!!


  • Ramin
    Jan 2, 2012 - 10:25AM

    The Iranians will be released with full honor ..ASAP!!!!


  • waqar
    Jan 2, 2012 - 10:37AM

    so after US, Afghanistan, Iran who else is left to attack our so called ‘soverinty’,


  • Truth
    Jan 2, 2012 - 10:48AM

    And we thought that Iranians were our law-abiding friends !!!


  • Cautious
    Jan 2, 2012 - 11:30AM

    I thought these were you new best friends?


  • Jan 2, 2012 - 11:39AM

    Release them. Iran is our dost.


  • Ramin
    Jan 2, 2012 - 11:48AM

    Hold them till Iran stops Gas supply!!!!


  • MarkH
    Jan 2, 2012 - 11:49AM

    Where are the sovereignty tirades?


  • Ali Wali
    Jan 2, 2012 - 12:21PM

    @asif: afghans kill Pakistanis inside Pakistan with impunity simply because they can. Guess who is involved in armed robberies and murders across Pakistan.Recommend

  • zahir
    Jan 2, 2012 - 12:22PM

    this is the real face of our brother islamic state importing extremists and killing innocent peoples inside pakistan.
    am sure these animals will be free after a single phone call from iran.
    and the peoples of pakistanwill remain silent, because we are dead people, americans irani, indians,nato and afghani people come, kill innocent people and return back, where is our national sovereignty???Recommend

  • Jan 2, 2012 - 12:59PM

    There were terrorists of Jindullah, Saeed Rigi has been killed by Irani forces in cross border shooting, while Islam Rigi injured.


  • Mirza
    Jan 2, 2012 - 1:22PM

    Looks like Gen Pasha’s visit to Qatar is bearing fruit for the Americans. More cooperation from the Pakistani forces has already started against the enemies of USA. When is the pipeline from Iran going to be cancelled?


  • Ghazanfar
    Jan 2, 2012 - 1:23PM

    To all those people who are bashing Iran should try to ponder why the chased a car into Pakistan. Was there an insurgency from Pakistan into Iran first? If yes then our incompetent government should thank the Iranian guards. They are doing what our government should have done long ago.


  • Ali Wali
    Jan 2, 2012 - 1:32PM

    It seems Iranian guards were chasing the guys from their side of the border into Pakistan, it means those guys were not well meaning, if they were then they would have used legal border crossing, or not! Pakistan should close all legal crossing into Iran, as they are of no use.


  • Javed
    Jan 2, 2012 - 2:17PM

    “Time for Pakistan to seal the border from criminal elements coming from both Afghanistan and Iran. If the US can build a fence along its border with Mexico, why can’t Pakistan do the same?”

    Iran recently opened its border with Pakistan after keeping it closed for 3 months. They don’t like our strategic exports just like everyone else.


  • waqar
    Jan 2, 2012 - 2:22PM

    @Saleem Bux Baloch:
    ok, so the justice should be done on the border and the road and may we ask who told you that those two guys were terriorists, Surenly some angel came to tell you that?

    Grow up kid,


  • frank
    Jan 2, 2012 - 2:44PM


    All neighbors envy Pasistan’s
    strategic assets!!!!


    And we thought that Iranians were our
    law-abiding friends !!!

    etc etc

    Some of you people are so immature and childish.


  • Zohair
    Jan 2, 2012 - 2:44PM

    tit for tat…Pakistani fishermen were killed by Iranians when they mistakenly entered Iranian boundaries….at least make an example so Iran would know that they also should show restrain.


  • waqar
    Jan 2, 2012 - 3:20PM

    oh really, Mr Iranian Guy. Who has give you the rights to chase anyone inside the border of another country. and who has leaked you this sensitive information that those guyz were being chased from within iran border?

    is this information avaiable some where on google or internet we can search? get a life and grow up kid.


  • Aslam
    Jan 2, 2012 - 3:21PM

    @Ali Wali:
    really, you have all the ‘sensitive’ information, would you please explain your side of story?


    Jan 2, 2012 - 3:24PM

    Pakistan’s confrontation with India is understandable but not between the two Islamic republics.


  • M
    Jan 2, 2012 - 3:44PM

    I have read about this news on dawn it says the brothers were smugglers didnt mention what were they smuggling ..most probability is drugs.


  • j. von hettlingen
    Jan 2, 2012 - 4:03PM

    This incident shows the explosiveness of the sectarian conflicts in the region. The relationship between Pakistan and Iran got frayed during the uprisings in Bahrain last year. Thousands of retired security officers from Pakistan were recruited by the Sunni goernment in Bahrain to quell the protests, led by the Shia populace.


  • Siddeqi
    Jan 2, 2012 - 4:05PM

    @ ghazanfar: You are right. Jundullah uses pakistani land for terrorist activities in iran. they have killed hundreds of irani citizens and army men. So its might possible that guards chased these people and shot to death. On a single incident we should not be so emotional. our borders from 2 sides are already shaky. iran has supported us a lot and is ready to do a lot.


  • Jan 2, 2012 - 4:12PM

    Its ok guys…such small misunderstandings happen in the ummah…lets not get angry on Iran…its our eastren neighbour who deserves our cursesRecommend

  • Aslam
    Jan 2, 2012 - 5:04PM

    and you are the only mature guy talking all the logics out here, kid, grow up.


  • Aslam
    Jan 2, 2012 - 5:21PM

    who told you that they have killed 1000 of iranin citizen, where you get the staticsits from? any soure? any news link? what kind of immature mind you have.

    on the contrary, pakistan condition are worst because of people like you fleeing from afghanistan and iran.

    and where has iran supported us? ok name me any three of these incidents?


  • Waqas
    Jan 2, 2012 - 5:22PM

    @j. von hettlingen:
    and you in USA are observing all this and wanted these tension to grow up so you can come up and save us again. Thank you we don’t need your help.


  • Yes We Khan
    Jan 2, 2012 - 5:28PM

    lol… We couldnt do anything when US killed our 24 troops, so comparatively Iran has not done anything at all!…Recommend

  • Ali Wali
    Jan 2, 2012 - 6:23PM

    @Aslam: I heard thousands of Pakistanis cross into Iran every day, and Iranians guards do not kill them, just wondering why they chased two out of probably thousands!! Let me guess, O yeah Iranian guards killed innocent Pakistanis, though the same Baluch will never call themselves Pakistani at first place. Most Baluch are dual Iranian Pakistani citizens if you knew that!


  • Ali Wali
    Jan 2, 2012 - 6:31PM

    I suggest Iranians should have handed these guys with proof of their activities, to our law enforcing agencies and our justice system would have duly punished these guys, as they always do, NOT. Pakistan should seal it’s border with Iran PERIOD.Recommend

  • Ali Wali
    Jan 2, 2012 - 6:49PM

    @j. von hettlingen: Sir Bahrain government is recruiting Shia young guys from Pakistan as well, surprised!


  • Pakistani!!!
    Jan 2, 2012 - 6:50PM

    @Ali Wali:
    For some reasons, at least 1/10th of pakistanis like you, are more loyal to Iran than Pakistan. That’s too bad, and we wonder why sectarian conflicts. We should learn to have our identities straight, first! Get a life!


  • Ali Wali
    Jan 2, 2012 - 7:14PM

    @Pakistani, Sir I am sure it will makes you happy, you probably need to update your statistics, it is probably 25%, and in my neck of the woods 100%.I suggest you keep your threat of sectarianism for weak minds, such tactics never kept free thinkers from saying their mind. Thanks but no thanks for your misplaced concern,with assurance that my living standard is first class, enviable I will say.


  • Anonymous
    Jan 2, 2012 - 7:16PM

    @Pakistani, Sir I have big stakes in Pakistan, O please issue a Pakistani ID for me, hilarious.Recommend

  • usman
    Jan 2, 2012 - 8:13PM

    We deserve that


  • usman
    Jan 2, 2012 - 8:19PM

    Pakistan is now europe! every foreigner can easily enter without any restrictions along with the facility of hunting people free of cost!!!


  • American Desi
    Jan 2, 2012 - 8:30PM

    What a ridiculous statement Iran and Pakistan has a border incident nothing to do with sectarianism or wider geo politics

    You accuse 10% of Pakistanis being loyal to ran ? Do you have any evidence of that ? How of many people from that sect where involved on attacks at ghq and Pns and Pns Mehran

    They used the same argument against Catholics in the west said they where more loyal to the popeRecommend

  • Waseem
    Jan 2, 2012 - 9:05PM

    calm down , look how immature some of the indians pretending to be pakistanis are on this page
    it was not a cross border attack, it was over enthusiastic local iranain guards . Things like this happen all the time, no big deal
    Prosecute the Guards simple
    Pakistan and Iran remain friends and Iran is a good ally which supported Pakistan through out its tensions with USA and helped during floods


  • pervez maqsood
    Jan 3, 2012 - 1:05AM

    leave them NOW


  • pervez maqsood
    Jan 3, 2012 - 1:06AM

    This incident shows the explosiveness of the sectarian conflicts in the region. The relationship between Pakistan and Iran got frayed during the uprisings in Bahrain last year. Thousands of retired security officers from Pakistan were recruited by the Sunni goernment in Bahrain to quell the protests, led by the Shia populace.


  • Mirza
    Jan 3, 2012 - 1:28AM

    Iranians should not dare violate Pakistani territory. This right and privilege is only reserved for OBL, his harem and all his terrorist goons. We are furious when any other violates our holy land.


  • G. Din
    Jan 3, 2012 - 3:00AM

    @R S JOHAR:
    “Pakistan’s confrontation with India is understandable but not between the two Islamic republics.”
    And, what was Iraq-Iran war? A love-fest between Islamic brothers? Ten million Muslims butchered each other for 10 years until all young had been slain. Next ,old men and children were sent in with nothing but bandanas wrapped around their heads and songs of victory on their lips – from both sides. Finally, both fell back simply out of exhaustion. Both celebrated a buoyant stand-off.


  • Harry Stone
    Jan 3, 2012 - 3:25AM


    Your assumption that US would want to save you is probably flawed.


  • majik
    Jan 3, 2012 - 3:46AM

    I guess pakistan will now demand an apologie from iran president, and if not, then pakistan will shut down the supply lines of irans blackmarket nuclear purchases. Or they will not do a thing, which is more likely, just shows why your nation is thought of as a zoo of malcontents instead of a real nation. Your Hypocracy is showing to the world.


  • Pakistani!!!
    Jan 3, 2012 - 3:47AM

    @American Desi:
    @Ali Wali:

    Well, you have come down to this, so let it be so. You are a free thinker? Really, that’s why you could only come up with an argument where you could present a better picture of Iran? 25%? correcting my statistics? Isn’t that attitude scary now?e do I get my statitics? Well, let’s say facebook.. my 90% of friends of that sect have photo of Irani flag or Ahmedinijad at least once a month, and 99% have an Iran related picture at least once. However, most of them never have any Pakistani flag somewhere in there profile.
    West accused Catholics? ooh aaahh… What has that to do here? Just ask any of your friends from the neck of rotten wood, if Iran attacks Pakistan {of coarse a joke} who will they support. You will see the problem..!
    PNS Mehran attacket and etc also have their identities screwed up as Pakistani-10%. It doesn’t matter which sect they belong to, what matters is some Pakistanis don’t belong to Pakistan… Why?
    We must accept the problem, and think about solution. you don’t need to be aggressive, we can solve it calmly! Hope you learn to be a real free thinker, and don’t sweat steam on the denial of a real issue! Pakistan Zindabad!


  • JustAnotherPakistani
    Jan 3, 2012 - 5:50AM

    I have always maintained that Iranians are not our friends. Have they ever supported us in any conflict with the evil in the east? We should side the Americans and the west against Iran.


  • Khan Bhai
    Jan 4, 2012 - 8:38PM

    You gave us the news, now tell us the story. Why were these brothers shot at? What were they doing or running from? Guards dont go crazy for nothing and start shooting unless they are Israeli.


    Jan 5, 2012 - 12:17PM

    I dont think that PAKISTAN would ever grow up from the bad situation where it is:((

    but i also do hope lill bit that someday it will again “THE PAKISTAN” ,,the place for muslims and humans not for cattles

    iranians should punished for this bad and illegal deeds….


  • Ali
    Feb 28, 2012 - 9:47PM

    Iranians have all the rights to kill terrorists that kills innocent people’s, even inside Pakistan as the ” USA” has every right !! And after they were JUNDALLAH,s, who massacre 18 innocent PAKISTANIS IN PAKISTAN TODAY……


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