Pakistan summons Iranian envoy over recent threats by Army Chief

Pakistan summons Iranian envoy over recent threats by Army Chief

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan has on Tuesday summoned Iranian envoy to protest the recent unfriendly statement by Iranian Army Chief about the military action inside Pakistan.

The Iranian army chief stated on Monday had that Tehran would hit bases inside Pakistan if the government does not confront militants who carry out cross-border attacks.

The foreign ministry, while condemning the statements, stated that such statements were detrimental to the bilateral relations between the two neighboring countries adding that the Iranian authorities should refrain from making such inappropriate statements that bring negative effects on the relations.

The head of the Iranian armed forces made a veiled threat despite a recent agreement between two Muslim neighbors to work together to boost border security in the wake of a border attack that killed 10 Iranian guards.

Iranian state TV quoted the army’s chief-of-staff, Gen Mohammad Hossein Bagheri, as saying that Iranian soldiers will attack “terrorists wherever they are,” suggesting they could cross into Pakistan to target militants there. The Sunni militant group Jaish al-Adl claimed the April assault.


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