Published On: Sun, Mar 10th, 2019

Iran demands Pakistan CRUSH terrorists and 'take decisive action' against Al-Qaeda group

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan he is awaiting action to be made against these terrorists. Mr Rouhani told Mr Khan he is fully ready to support the Pakistani army and government to get rid of the terrorist threat. He added: “We should not allow decades of friendship and fraternity between the two countries to be affected by the actions of small terrorist groups, the source of whose financing and arms is known to us both.” Iran has accused Saudi Arabia, Israel and the US for helping fund terrorist violence against them.

Iran has accused Saudi Arabia, Israel and the US for helping fund terrorist violence against them.

The country blamed its regional rival Saudi Arabia and arch-enemies Israel and the US for the attack and other cross-border raids, an accusation rejected by the countries.

In response, Mr Khan said: “It is in Pakistan’s own interest not to allow our territory to be used by terrorist groups, and the Pakistani army is prepared to confront the terrorists more decisively with the information provided by Iran.”

He added Pakistani forces have found terrorist hideouts in what would be seen as “good news” for Iran.

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Revolutionary Guards commanders have vowed to retaliate for the attack, and Rouhani said on Saturday Iranian forces were “ready to give a decisive answer to the terrorists in coordination with Islamabad,” IRNA reported.

The threat follows the IRGC Commander-in-Chief Ali Jafari demanding Pakistan “punish” militant groups swiftly after the February 13 attack.

The southeastern region of Iran is facing a rise in attacks by militants from the Sunni Muslim minority.

The Sunni group Jaish al Adl (Army of Justice), which says it seeks greater rights and better living conditions for the ethnic Baluchi minority, claimed responsibility for the attack.

A statement from Khan’s office also heralded a forthcoming visit to Iran, during which it is expected by both countries that bilateral coordination and cooperation will deepen.

The statement said the two leaders acknowledged the need to strengthen bilateral relations and to that end, “both sides look forward to the visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan to Iran in the near future”, Pakistani Newspaper Dawn reported on its website.

Mr Khan expressed his condolences for the deadly terrorists attack on Iran.

He told Pakistan’s Express Tribune: “Both leaders agreed on the need for closer cooperation among the two intelligence agencies in combatting terrorism.”

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