TEHRAN – Four Iranian border guards, who were abducted by the terrorist Jaish-ul-Adl group about two months ago near Iran’s border with Pakistan, returned to the country on Sunday.
In a statement released on Sunday, Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli confirmed the entrance of the guards into the country.
Five Iranian guards were abducted in the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan on February 6 and were transferred to Pakistan. Later, the so-called Jaish-ul-Adl terrorist group claimed responsibility for the abduction.
In March, the group claimed that it had killed the fifth member of the group of guards.
“Although the Islamic Republic of Iran had many options to secure the release of the abducted border guards and firmly deal with the criminals, it did not use the conventional methods to confront the criminals because of its religious beliefs,” Rahmani Fazli said in his statement.
“We hope the Pakistani government would take more responsibility and make efforts lest the friendly relations between the two countries go sour due to the criminal activities of the terrorist groups,” he added.
He also noted that the development of the country’s south-eastern areas depends on the sustainable security of the region which can be provided through the cooperation between the people and investors.
There has been no confirmed report about the fate of the fifth member of the group of guards, Jamshid Danaeifar, who was claimed to be killed by Jaish-ul-Adl.