Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 3
By Fatih Karimov - Trend: Iran's Interior Ministry has asked the Foreign Ministry to return Abdul Salam Rigi, the senior most commander of Jundullah group, who has been arrested by Pakistani forces, back to Iran through diplomatic measures.
Hossein Ali Amiri, Iranian deputy interior minister, said that the interior minister has sent a letter to the foreign minister in this respect, Iran 's IRIB reported on March 3.
"We are ready to receive the terrorist as soon as possible and start legal and judicial measures to try him in the country. Legally, the Islamic Republic of Iran has the right to try him."
He appreciated the government of Pakistan for arresting Rigi, adding that the measure was in line with a security agreement that was signed by the two countries in autumn.
Pakistani security forces arrested Abdul Salam Rigi on the outskirts of Quetta Feb. 28. The Jundullah commander was taken into custody in the Lak Pass area, security sources told The Express Tribune.
Rigi was the senior most commander of Jundullah after the capture and subsequent execution of the group's former chief Abdolmalek Rigi by the Iranian government in 2010. The Jundullah group, which is based in Iran 's southeastern Sistan and Baluchestan province, has been blamed for some of the terrorist attacks in Iran.
Edited by CN