A senior Iranian lawmaker has threatened that Iran may target the refuge of the terrorists who are holding Iranian border guards captive in Pakistan, PressTV reported.
"Initially, Iran's approach is to follow up the issue through legal channels and if no proper response is obtained, the terrorist group's hideout will be the next target and they will receive a severe and firm response," Hossein Sobhani-Nia, a member of the Iran's Majlis Presiding Board, said on Monday.
Jaish-ul-Adl terrorists kidnapped five Iranian border guards in Jakigour region in the southeastern Iranian province of Sistan and Baluchestan on February 6 and took them to Pakistani territory. The terrorists claimed on March 23 that they had killed one of the hostages.
Sobhani-Nia said such terrorist operations undermine the security of Iran's border regions and called on the Iranian officials to implement "special initiatives" for the release of the kidnapped border guards.
"Officials of the Islamic Republic of Iran expect the Pakistani government to make use of all their country's capacities and potential to free the Iranian abductees, because the Pakistani government is responsible for any improper move and the country's officials should be accountable for this terrorist act," the Iranian legislator added.
Iran has summoned Pakistan's Ambassador to Tehran Noor Mohammad Jadmani in connection with the claim by the Jaish-ul-Adl terrorist group that it has killed one of the Iranian hostages.
In another act of terror on October 25, 2013, Jaish-ul-Adl killed 14 Iranian border guards and wounded six others in a border region near the city of Saravan in Sistan and Baluchestan Province.
In February 2013, Iran and Pakistan signed a security agreement under which both countries are required to cooperate in preventing and combating organized crime, fighting terrorism and countering the activities that pose a threat to the national security of either country.
Iran has repeatedly called on Pakistan to abide by the terms of the agreement.
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