|Zahedan Sunni cleric calls on kidnappers to free border guards||
TEHRAN - A Sunni cleric from the southeastern Iranian city of Zahedan on Friday called on kidnappers to immediately free the five Iranian border guards.
Molavi Abdolhamid Esmaeil Zehi, the Friday prayer leader of the Makki Sunni mosque, said according to Sunni Islam kidnapping is haram (religiously banned).
“Any kind of hooliganism and kidnapping will harm the people of Sistan-Baluchestan, and I wholeheartedly tell the kidnappers to stop doing such acts and release border guards,” he told worshippers.
He said the Rouhani government is pursuing a fair and equal policy toward ethnic and religious groups as stated in the constitution, he stated.
He added that the meritocratic approach of the government will definitely help a durable security in the province.
The outlawed Jeish Al-Adl movement has claimed responsibility for the abduction of the border guards. They have been taken to Pakistan.
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Abdollahi said on Thursday that Iran plans to send a delegation to Islamabad soon to pursue the case of the border guards.
“Iran will dispatch a delegation to Pakistan in coming days to probe the case of five Iranian border guards recently kidnapped by Jeish Al-Adl terrorist group along the Pakistani border in eastern Iran,” Fars News Agency quoted Abdollahi as saying.
The Foreign Ministry Director for Consular Affairs, Hassan Qashqavi, announced on Friday that Iran has launched an intensive campaign to win the release of the abductees. However, he said the “lobbies” that have been done for the freedom of the soldiers will not be released to the media until a result is achieved.
MP Gholamreza Asadollahi, the chairman of Iran-Pakistan parliamentary friendship group, has said that Pakistan should be held accountable for the abduction of soldiers as it has failed to properly guard its borders with Iran.
Asadollahi also suggested that simultaneous diplomatic and legal efforts should be taken in the effort to win the freedom of the border guards.
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