|Iran threatens to take action to free abducted border guards||
TEHRAN – Iran says it may send forces to Pakistan to secure the release of its five abducted border guards if Islamabad does not take necessary measures to free them.
“We have asked Pakistan to deal with this issue strongly and seriously, otherwise allow Iran to send its forces deep to the Pakistan soil,” Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli told reporters in Tehran on Monday.
“Iran has the ability and preparedness to create a new security sphere for its region. If Afghanistan and Pakistan do not ensure the security of their borders, we will consider it our own right to intervene,” he added.
The 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 posted photos of the five men on twitter and claimed responsibility for the abduction.
Jaish al-Adl’s name was raised for the first time in October when they killed 14 Iranian border guards in an ambush near the city of Saravan in the province of Sistan and Baluchestan.
The group claimed the responsibly for the attack and said it was in retaliation for the alleged role of Iran in the Syrian crisis and the purported unfair treatment of Sunnis in Iran.
According to Hojjatoleslam Ibrahim Hamidi, head of the Justice Department of Sistan and Baluchistan Province, Iran has also asked Interpol to track down the kidnappers.
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