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Tuesday, October 27, 2009
‘Pakistan pledges to capture Jundullah terrorists and extradite them to Iran’
Tehran Times Political Desk
TEHRAN -- Iranian Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar has said that Pakistani officials have promised to cooperate with Iran and to take the measures necessary to capture the members of the Rigi terrorist group and extradite them to Iran.
Pakistan and Iran are both victims of terrorism and should cooperate in efforts to establish security in the region, he told reporters in Tehran on Monday.
The Jundullah terrorist group, which is also known as the Rigi group because it is led by Abdul-Malek Rigi, has claimed responsibility for an attack that killed over 40 people, including five senior commanders of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan on October 18.
Militants of the Jundullah ring regularly cross over into Iran from their hideouts in neighboring Pakistan to attack civilians and police officers.
Najjar said that during his visit to Pakistan he informed Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, and Interior Minister Rehman Malik about the Iranian nation’s expectations of Pakistan.
He also stated that Tehran and Islamabad have drafted a security agreement on cooperation in dealing with problems such as human trafficking, illicit drug trafficking, and arms trafficking on their borders, as well as money laundering and cyber crime