Iran in Protests Summons Pakistans' Diplomat over to Tehran
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's Charge d'Affaires (CDA) Muhammad Zeeshan has been summoned in Tehran by Iranian foreign Ministry on Wednesday protesting killing of eight Iranian border security guards by terrorists that allegedly crossed over from Pakistan
A senior Pakistan diplomat media, "Our Charge d'Affaires Muhammad Zeeshan was called upon by the Iranian foreign office regarding concern over the tragic incident."
Demands of stern action against the culprits and strong security along the Pak-Iran border has been requested of the Pakistani CDA by Iranian senior officials, sources revealed.
The Pakistani diplomat assured them that Pakistani agencies are probing into the incident and full report would be made available after investigation. In retrospect Iran assistance has also been sought to provide any relevant evidences available.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Tasneem Aslam condemned the act of terrorism and conveyed sincere condolences to the bereaved families and the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran. She assured them that should the culprits be in Pakistan after commiting this crime in Iran they will be apprehended and brought to justice.
All this unfolded ahead of Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif's due on a two-day visit to Pakistan to discuss the crisis in Yemen and the Arab led coalition's airstrikes against Houthi rebels. Zarif will also discuss the state of bilateral ties, particularly the old sore spot in the relationship — the cross-border terrorism allegedly by Pakistan-based groups in the Iranian province of Sistan-Balochistan.
Eight Iranian border guards were killed in a clash with Sunni rebels who had infiltrated from Pakistan, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported on Tuesday.
“Armed terrorists entered Iran from Pakistan and clashed with border guards, killing eight soldiers before fleeing back to Pakistan,” Ali Asghar Mirshekari, deputy governor of Sistan-Balochistan province, told the news agency.
Balochistan has a large Sunni community and has seen repeated attacks by militants on the security forces of mainly Shia Iran.
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