Iran summons Pakistan envoy after attack kills 27 security personnel near border

Iran summons Pakistan envoy after attack kills 27 security personnel near border

Iran has summoned the Pakistani ambassador to protest about a suicide bombing that killed 27 of its elite Revolutionary Guards near the border earlier this week, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported on Sunday.

Jafari also warned Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the UAE for backing terrorism in Pakistan.

Meanwhile, Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi called on his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif and said that his country is ready to cooperate to investigate the attack. "United States has the gall to talk of India's "right of self defence on cross border terrorism" while maintaining total silence on Kashmiri people's right of self-determination as well as Indian RAW sponsored act of terrorism against Chinese Consulate in Karachi".

Tehran immediately linked Wednesday's attack in Iran's restive southeastern Sistan and Baluchistan province to a US-led conference in Warsaw largely focused on Iran, just two days after the nation marked the 40th anniversary of its 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the IRGC commander denounced Pakistan's support for terrorists who wage terror attacks in Iran, calling on Islamabad to change its policy toward Jaish ul-Adl.

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Qureshi also said a delegation from Islamabad will visit Tehran for talks on the attack. He promised Pakistan's "cooperation", adding that the incident was "regrettable". "If they do not punish them, our retaliatory measures will be carried out", he said.

This is not the first time that Iranian security forces have allegedly been targeted by Pakistan-based terror groups. However, IRGC accused Pakistan of turning a blind eye to the group.

He also said Pakistan's military had allowed Sunni armed groups to "flourish as it serves them the objective of containing the perceived Shia threat". Jaish al-Adl was formed in 2012 as a successor to the Jundallah (Soldiers of God).

In 2013, the group abducted and killed 14 Iranian forces in an ambush near the Iranian-Pakistani border.

Reza Khaasteh, a Tehran-based journalist, told Al Jazeera that Iran needs Pakistan's cooperation to go after Jaish al-Adl. In a statement, Foreign Ministry said, the Islamic Republic of Iran expects Pakistan government and army to seriously confront the terrorist groups active on its border with Iran.

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