WEB DESK – The Deputy Foreign Minister of Iran, Ebrahim Rahimpour, claimed that all five abducted Iranian border guards were safe and no substantiate verification could be retrieved that one of them was murdered.
According to Iran’s news media agency, IRNA, the government official maintained the stance after a much of investigations in the pertaining issue of abducted guards.
The five Iranian border guards were abducted by Sunni militants near Pakistan-Iran border of Sistan-Baluchestan area earlier in February. The area had a long standing history of sectarian violence. Jaish al-Adl, an Iranian Sunni rebel group in Sistan-Baluchestan province, later claimed responsibility.
Jaish al-Adl said on its website last month that it had killed one guard. Last week the semi-official Fars News Agency also reported that one of the guards had been killed, quoting an informed yet anonymous source.
Iran, after preliminary investigations, maintained that abducted Iranian guards were shifted somewhere inside Pakistani area. However, Pakistani government denied that Iranian guards never entered the Pakistani border.
In the wake of the border incident, the Government of Pakistan had extended all possible support in tracking the whereabouts of the missing Iranian border guards. In such one effort, a joint commission on Pak-Iran border situation was established that convened a joint session of both sides’ representatives on February 19 and 20 earlier this year.