Iran slams Pakistan over soldiers’ abduction

Published: February 10, 2014
Iranian soldiers. PHOTO: AFP

Iranian soldiers. PHOTO: AFP

TEHRAN: Iran on Sunday denounced what it called Pakistan’s ‘inability’ to secure its own borders after five Iranian soldiers were kidnapped and taken across the border by insurgents.

“We are unhappy with the Pakistani government over the abduction of our guards and their transfer to Pakistan,” Fars news agency quoted police chief Esmail Ahmadi-Moghadam as saying.

Jaish-ul Adl has said it was behind the kidnapping in the province of Sistan-Baluchestan.

The group posted pictures on its Facebook page it said were of the soldiers, handcuffed and being held in an unknown location.

The foreign ministry in Tehran summoned Pakistan’s charge d’affaires, demanding that Islamabad “act firmly against the leaders and members of the terrorist group who have fled into Pakistan,” media reports said.

The Sistan-Baluchestan province has been the scene of unrest in recent years.

Jaish-ul Adl said in November it assassinated a local prosecutor, and in October it ambushed Iranian border guards, killing 14. In response, Iranian authorities executed 16 alleged rebels.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 10th, 2014.

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Reader Comments (36)

  • Mohammad
    Feb 10, 2014 - 9:33AM

    Axis of Evil doesn’t have manners to talk to neighbors?


  • Virkaul
    Feb 10, 2014 - 10:14AM

    All bordering countries India, Iran, Afghanistan and China have complained of intrusion by non-state actors.


  • Sajida
    Feb 10, 2014 - 10:29AM

    Seymour Hersh mentioned i an article who is behind all this.


  • AAA
    Feb 10, 2014 - 10:36AM

    Here we go, more merchants ready to claim their piece of cake.


  • May
    Feb 10, 2014 - 10:36AM

    Pakistan become a heache for the whole region..


  • Feb 10, 2014 - 10:57AM

    Pakistan is not responsible for the actions of “non-state” actors.


  • B
    Feb 10, 2014 - 11:31AM

    “Axis of Evil” coming from an “epicentre of terrorism”. Funny


  • saifqureshi
    Feb 10, 2014 - 11:58AM

    and indians are celebrating with each issue pakistan has to faceRecommend

  • puppu
    Feb 10, 2014 - 12:27PM

    test another nasr missile
    you also are doing the same


  • Sara
    Feb 10, 2014 - 12:36PM

    Why do we blame others for our own problems and carelessness.what had ‘Indians’ or any other country to do with our issues.


  • Major Iqbal
    Feb 10, 2014 - 12:55PM

    If you can’t even manage your borders, I shutter to think how you manage your nuclear assets.


  • powvow
    Feb 10, 2014 - 12:59PM

    @saifqureshi – “and indians are celebrating with each issue pakistan has to face”

    and why not?? All these years you enjoyed at our expense… Now the shoe is on the other foot.


  • ria
    Feb 10, 2014 - 1:37PM

    @saifqureshi: but of course :)


  • Dr. Gulfam Javed
    Feb 10, 2014 - 1:39PM

    it’s all due to Pakistan….. if some one is responsible den why we ( Pakistan) r not hanging them?


  • saqib khan
    Feb 10, 2014 - 1:59PM

    I am Pakistani and I admit Pakistan Security Forces failed to protect their own people and again failed miserably to control non state Actor, keep India Aside I don’t consider Afghanistan, China and Iran our enemy (by the way we should not have any enemy) but if there was no Problem why every now and then these countries compliant, Problem lies within us don’t know when it will be taken seriously, No writ of government any where Is this the way to run a Country? I am appalled once again.


  • rasgullah
    Feb 10, 2014 - 4:22PM

    Pakistan seems to be having problems even with its muslim neighbors.Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Feb 10, 2014 - 4:58PM

    The Prime Minister must decide; hide Pakistan army in cantonments which the Brits did or send them out near the border areas of Pakistan? He does not need the army to control Pakistan citizens

    Rex Minor


  • Feb 10, 2014 - 5:11PM

    @Rex Minor:

    Pakistan Army is all powerful in Pakistan. The only reason it is sitting in cantonment is because it wants to.

    Is it because of fear or something else? I don’t know what that something else is, but its definitely not because PM of Pakistan wishes it to.Recommend

  • Feb 10, 2014 - 5:12PM


    Muslim, but not as per all Pakistanis.


  • SZ
    Feb 10, 2014 - 6:18PM

    Pakistani people condemn this incident and would also demand an early release of soldiers from the terrorist group and would also request Iranian brothers to act with maturity rather just blame…here goes an answer… It is result of neighbours continuous funding to entities working to destabilize/against the state of Pakistan. and secondly please take care of your land and people, Pakistani soldiers were slaughtered at Afghan border no one has raised voice against it, and now when the menace of terrorism which Pakistani nation were made to fight and is still fighting for make sure the rest of 7 billion of the world remain at peace…please its about time to speak truth to nations and people across the world that who paid more…
    Please start blaming Pakistan and start accepting and realizing that a menace of terrorism has already weaken Pakistan and if Pakistan falls the entire world will be on knees in front of terrorist to beg for peace…please recognize our efforts and scarifies..


  • Alann
    Feb 10, 2014 - 7:10PM

    @saifqureshi: “and indians are celebrating with each issue pakistan has to face”

    It is not something for anyone to ‘celebrate’. Seeing an article about Iranian forces getting kidnapped by elements in Pakistan is not really a matter of joy for Indians – since, these “non-state actors” of Pakistan are still attacking India(ns) too, besides the Iranians, Chinese, Afghans, Syrians and everyone else.

    @Rex Minor: “The Prime Minister must decide; hide Pakistan army in cantonments which the Brits did or send them out near the border areas of Pakistan? He does not need the army to control Pakistan citizens”

    If the Pakistan Army is assigned the job of protecting the borders of Pakistan, then who will look after Real Estate, Cinema Halls, Cement, Railways, Movie Production, etc. in Pakistan?!Recommend

  • qayyum siddiqui
    Feb 10, 2014 - 7:31PM

    @saqib khan:
    hey, why dont you fire all army and man the borders for us? The breed of your kind should join you. I am sure you shall find an excuse now lest you wet your pantaloonRecommend

  • saqib khan
    Feb 10, 2014 - 8:27PM

    Again I would recommend to stop blaming others for our wrongdoings. Who created the menace of extremism ? To interfere in other country business? Who outsourced thier funding ? When they cant efford them!!! They thought they can run business as usual forever though it be Afghanistan, India , iran even china. Now when they can’t control and their decades old strategy collapsed, shedding crocodile tears is not the solution nor talking to the monsters will bring relief for us.Third stage cancer cannot be treated it has to cut off.Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Feb 10, 2014 - 10:22PM


    Fear or precaution or whatever, they dare not come out of their hideouts in uniform. The Prime Minister recently approved the construction of a cantonment in swat simply to appease the new army chief.. Pakistan army is genuinely concerned and scared from the democratic order, the political leadership and their followers as was the case more or less during the colonial times.

    Rex Minor


  • Rex Minor
    Feb 10, 2014 - 10:33PM

    @saqib khan:
    Democracy or peoples control over their representative Governmaent, police and military and
    the collective ownership of the country’s resouces, will resolve the problems which Pakistan is currently experiencing. This process usualy takes time, the work of several generations and beyond. Patience and endurance is what is expected of them.

    Rex Minor


  • Botha
    Feb 10, 2014 - 10:38PM

    I think it is a propaganda by our india to discredit our peace efforts with Iran in recent times especially the IP pipeline!


  • MK
    Feb 10, 2014 - 11:14PM

    @Botha: Standing ovation for being true to your genes


  • saqib khan
    Feb 11, 2014 - 12:24AM

    Ohh really like your optimism but you sounds like we heading towards right direction or after 60 plus odd years we starting gaining our path? If someone wants to live in denial no body can help them. Pakistan was better at first 30 years of its inception since then we started counting backwards. And bravo someone hinting Indian agenda against IP gas pipeline who forget iranian begging to finish the work and indecisiveness and lack of courage from our part.Recommend

  • islooboy
    Feb 11, 2014 - 11:03AM

    yo people did you forgot that bla insurgents are running balochistan all thanks to mian sahab


  • Ali Reza
    Feb 11, 2014 - 1:59PM

    The way which Iran treats its Sunnis and minorities like Baloch, Turks, Kurds, and Arabs is really shameful, at the same time funding radical shia groups in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. The real question should be why does Iran deal with enemy countries like India, Serbia, Russia, Assad in Syria, and Shia fundamentalists in Iraq and Afghanistan against its Muslim neighbors. Instead of promoting unity, they create divisions and ally with the enemies of Muslims and support occupation of Muslim lands.


  • akash
    Feb 11, 2014 - 2:49PM

    @Major Iqbal:
    You are adressing to whom iqbal sahab, Pak or Iran??


  • Major Iqbal
    Feb 11, 2014 - 6:51PM


    Pakistan, since Iran doesn’t have nukes.


  • TUNG
    Feb 11, 2014 - 7:20PM

    mashallah my brave non-state actors are a pain in the behind for everyone around us!


  • Lt Col Imtiaz Alam(retd)
    Feb 12, 2014 - 3:24PM

    If Iran is a close Ally of Pakistan then this incident should have not induced Iran to rebuke Pakistan. It took place within its own Borders & its their responsibility. Iran has stabbed us in the back by giving US a safe corridor. It is also responsible for arming Shia Jehadi groups in Pakistan. Only recently there was a retraction by a Shia Leader in the Daily “News”. Dal mai kutch kala hai.


  • gtm2012
    Feb 18, 2014 - 4:37AM


    I am amazed! You received 95 thumbs up, the most of any comments! If we used that as a statistical indicator, then MOST Pakistanis are like, ready believe the absurd, that this is an “Indian propaganda”! How so? India has got the Iranian political establishment firmly in its pockets, RIGHT? Iranian foreign ministers speak at India’s command, RIGHT?

    The entire world dances because India is pulling the strings, right? Oh, don’t forget the Jews!!

    So India, a poor country is actually a super power, more powerful even than your ultimate super friend China?

    With citizens like you, does Pakistan need any external enemies? Ask yourself that most important question with your hand over your heart.


  • Cosmo
    Feb 18, 2014 - 6:06AM

    @saqib khan:
    What is your problem with India? U cannot change history. Your forefathers probably were Hindus who got converted into Islam, but u cannot undo it now, ur forefathers had called india their home which your fathers betrayed, but u cannot undo that. Its not your fault, so please do not get frustrated, remove the hate from your heart and move on being a Pakistani. Do not try to fight the history. Somewhere i know u have the Indian connection so its my duty to show u the right path.


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