Iran demands immediate release of abducted border guards from Pakistan
Baku, Azerbaijan, March 26
By Temkin Jafarov - Trend:
Iran's interior minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli has called on the Pakistani government to demonstrate great responsibility in addressing the issue regarding five Iranian frontier guards abducted by unknown armed persons in Pakistan, the Iraninan IRIB TV channel reported on March 26.
If Pakistan will not approach the issue on the release of the Iranian frontier guards with full responsibility, Iran reserves the right to take all measures to protect its borders, according to the Minister.
"The Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Security and other structures of Iran have attempted to release the abducted frontier guards to date. We hope that the information disseminated on the death of one of them is untrue, but if this information is confirmed, we will be forced to resort to other measures to protect our borders," Rahmani-Fazli said.
He urged the Pakistani government to take all necessary measures to release the Iranian frontier guards and observe the principles of good neighbourly relations in the framework of international norms and rules.
In early February 2014 an unknown armed group abducted five Iranian border guards in the province of Sistan and Baluchistan in south-eastern Iran who were then taken to Pakistan. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani asked the Pakistani authorities to take all necessary measures to release the frontier guards, the Iranian ISNA news agency reported.
Translated by S.I.
Edited by S.M.