‘Pakistan will pay price for harbouring terrorists’: Iran warns after suicide bombing near its border

Revolutionary Guards chief Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari also accused Tehran’s regional rival Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates of supporting militant Sunni groups that attack Iranian forces, saying they could face “reprisal operations.”
Iran's Revolutionary guards commander Mohammad Ali Jafari speaks during a conference.(REUTERS)
Iran's Revolutionary guards commander Mohammad Ali Jafari speaks during a conference.(REUTERS)
Updated on Feb 17, 2019 10:08 AM IST
Copy Link
Dubai | ByReuters

Iran warned neighbouring Pakistan on Saturday it would “pay a heavy price” for allegedly harbouring militants who killed 27 of its elite Revolutionary Guards in a suicide bombing near the border earlier this week, state television reported.

Revolutionary Guards chief Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari also accused Tehran’s regional rival Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates of supporting militant Sunni groups that attack Iranian forces, saying they could face “reprisal operations.”

Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the UAE deny backing such militants.

“Why do Pakistan’s army and security body ... give refuge to these anti-revolutionary groups? Pakistan will no doubt pay a high price,” Jafari said in remarks live on state television.

Jafari was addressing a large crowd gathered for the funeral of the victims of Wednesday’s suicide bombing, which took place in a southeastern region where security forces are facing a rise in attacks by militants from the country’s Sunni Muslim minority.

“Just in the past year, six or seven suicide attacks were neutralised but they were able to carry out this one,” Jafari told the mourners, who packed a square in the central city of Isfahan and roads leading to it.

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

“The treacherous Saudi and UAE governments should know that Iran’s patience has ended and we will no longer stand your secret support for these anti-Islam criminals,” Jafari said.

“We will avenge the blood of our martyrs from the Saudi and UAE governments and ask the President (Hassan Rouhani) ... to leave our hands free more than ever for reprisal operations,” Jafari told the crowd, drawing chants of “Allahu Akbar” (God is Greatest).

Iran’s Shi’ite Muslim authorities say militant groups operate from safe havens in Pakistan and have repeatedly called on the neighbouring country to crack down on them.

Jafari’s remarks came amid heightening regional tensions after Israel and the Gulf Arab states attended a summit in the Polish capital Warsaw this week where the United States hoped to ratchet up pressure against Iran.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close Story
QUICKREADS

Less time to read?

Try Quickreads

  • Representational image.

    At least 31 die in church stampede in southern Nigeria

    At least 31 people died in Nigeria on Saturday during a stampede at a church in the southern Rivers state, a police spokesperson said. Hundreds of people who had turned up to receive food at the church early on Saturday broke through a gate, causing the stampede, police spokesperson for Rivers state, Grace Iringe-Koko said.

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting in Moscow.

    Putin willing to discuss resuming Ukrainian grain shipments from Black Sea ports

    The Kremlin said Russian President Vladimir Putin told the leaders of France and Germany on Saturday that Moscow was willing to discuss ways to make it possible for Ukraine to resume shipments of grain from Black Sea ports. Putin spoke to French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz over the phone.

  • A board at the Utopia School District. (AFP)

    After Uvalde tragedy, a Texas school says staff can carry guns on campus

    In the wake of Tuesday's shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, in which 18-year-old Salvador Ramos killed 19 children and two teachers before being fatally shot by the police, the only school in the small town of Utopia, also in Texas, has said its teachers and staff can carry guns on campus to prevent an Uvalde-like tragedy.

  • Around 200 suspected or confirmed cases of Monkeypox have been reported from 20 countries, 

    Argentina, Ireland…: Which countries reported Monkeypox cases in last 48 hours

    The Monkeypox cases continue to rise across the world, with more than 200 suspected or confirmed cases being reported from across 20 countries. The Americas and Europe have witnessed a higher surge in infections, but the Monkeypox cases have also been reported in Australia and the Middle East. Here are the countries where the Monkeypox infections were reported in the last 48 hours.

  • This file handout image taken and released by the Office of the OHCHR shows a screen of UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet attending a virtual meeting with China's President Xi Jinping, in Guangzhou.

    UN rights chief says China trip not for probe, Xinjiang meetings ‘unsupervised’

    United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet on Saturday said her six-day visit to China was "not an investigation" and meetings in Xinjiang were 'unsupervised' by the authorities. She further said she had appealed to the Chinese authorities to prioritise provision of information to families who lost contact with their loved ones in Xinjiang. Bachelet said the UN human rights office will have annual senior strategic meeting with the Chinese government.

SHARE
Story Saved
×
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Saturday, May 28, 2022