Iran charges Kurdistan with support to PJAK terrorists
Azerbaijan, Baku, July 11 /Trend T.Konyayeva/
An Iranian military senior accused Iraq's Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) of supporting the Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK) by providing this group's members with 300,000 hectares of the area, ISNA reported.
An anonymous military senior said that KRG allocated lands for PJAK members without informing the Iraqi Central government headed by Nouri al-Maliki. He underlined that PJAK militants are preparing to carry out terrorist attacks against Iran there.
The Iranian wing of the Kurdish faction of the PJAK is active in the Iranian province of Kurdistan. The goal of the group is the secession of Kurdistan from Iran. Iran names PJAK as a terrorist group.
According to the U.S. authorities, acting on the Iranian-Turkish and the Iranian-Iraqi borders the PJAK is controlled by the separatist Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which the U.S. considers a terrorist organization.
In February 2009, the U.S. Treasury Department included PJAK into the list of terrorist groups. In addition, financial sanctions were imposed against it.