Iran, Tehran, March 28
By Milad Fashtami - Trend:
The Jaish al-Adl group has threatened on March 28 to kill another Iranian border guard on April 2, if the Iranian government fails to meet the group's demands.
The group which had kidnapped five Iranian border guards on Feb. 6, earlier executed one of them. On March 23, Jaish al-Adl tweeted that it has hanged Jamshid Danayeefar. The information was later confirmed.
Jaish al-Adl has refused to return Danayeefar's body to Iranian officials, saying that it will exchange the corpse with the body of 50 killed members of the group.
Jaidh al-Adl recently tweeted that they demanded that Iran release 50 members of its group, 200 other Sunni prisoners being held in Iran and 50 female Sunni prisoners in Syria. If the demands are not met, the rest of the guards would be killed as well.
Iranian officials say the country continues its efforts to return the border guards that were kidnapped in the Jakigour region of the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan, which borders with Pakistan.
The guards were immediately transferred to Pakistani territory. Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote on his Facebook page on March 28 that the country is doing all it can to "return the kidnapped border guards safe to their families." The high-ranking official also wrote that promotions and slogans only complicate the case.
Zarif previously said that the foreign ministry officials are pursuing the case seriously, yet do not make detailed statements because of the sensitivity of the case.
Jaish al-Adl claims that Iran has not take any steps to negotiate the release of the border guards, a claim that Iran denies, saying its officials have held several meetings regarding the case. The country's president Hassan Rouhani spoke with Pakistani Prime Minister, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif regarding the case.
On March 26, Zarif wrote a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, asking him to urge the concerned countries to expedite probing into the fate of the border guards. On March 26, Iran's interior minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli called on the Pakistani government to demonstrate great responsibility addressing the issue.
If Pakistan will not approach the issue on the release of the Iranian border guards with full responsibility, Iran reserves the right to take all measures to protect its borders, Rahmani Fazli said.
He urged the Pakistani government to take all necessary measures to release the Iranian guards and observe the principles of good neighborly relations in the framework of international norms and rules.