Iran points to Pakistan after deadly attack on Guard

An Iranian official at the ministry called on Pakistan to quickly take the necessary steps for the identification and arrest of the attack's perpetrators. ─ AFP

Iran on Sunday summoned Pakistan ambassador Riffat Masood to lodge a formal protest against the terror attack in the Southeastern Sistan-Balochistan region.

FM Qureshi said that Saudi Arabia will invest $20 billion in Pakistan and seven memorandums of understanding (MoUs) have been signed with the Saudi side and more will be signed soon.

President Hassan Rouhani blamed "foreign" elements for the attack which took place close to Iran's troubled border with Pakistan.

The move was made after a recent suicide attack half-way between the Iranian cities of Zahedan and Khash, when a auto loaded with explosives rammed into a bus with IRGC servicemen.

Jafari also accused Saudi Arabia and UAE of supporting opposition groups that attack Iranian forces, threatening to retaliate against them over the attack.

"Pakistan bears great responsibility in terms of defending its borders and purging neighboring lands with Iran from terror groups", he said.

The officials said the operation began Sunday and was expanded after militants killed six Pakistani paramilitary troops in two attacks in the southwestern towns of Turbat and Loralai.

"If Pakistan fails to punish them in the near future, Iran will do so based on global law and will retaliate against the terrorists", Jafari told Iranian media.

On 28 October 2018, the Jaish al-Adl abducted 14 soldiers of the Revolutionary Guards, five of whom were released a month later after Pakistani authorites intervened. They said the security forces were searching areas where Tehran believed insurgents responsible for last week's attack might be hiding. The militant Sunni group Jaish al-Adl, which claimed responsibility, is believed to operate from havens in Pakistan.

Addressing a joint news conference alongside his Pakistan's Foreign Mnister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Saudi State Minister for Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said the investment will continue in bigger amounts.

A day after the attack in Iran, a terrorist rammed an explosive-laden vehicle to the army convoy.

In November, Iranian Interior Minister Abdelreza Rhamani-Fazli similarly suggested that Iranian forces could come after "terrorists" in Pakistani territory if the country "fails to do its part".

Both India and Iran saw similar suicide attacks targetting their respective paramilitary forces earlier this week.

The terror attack in India's Pulwama district was carried out by Jaish-e-Muhammad which is based in Pakistan and so is Jaish al-Adl.

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