‘Militants release abducted Iranian border guards after two months’

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WEB DESK – According to Iranian media watch, the militants have released the five abducted Iranian border guards previously believed to be held inside Pakistan by the sectarian linked armed group.

A semi official Iranian new agency reported just while ago that militant group operating in a lawless frontier area along the Pakistan-Iran border has released Iranian border guards abducted two months ago.

Earlier, PakistanTribe reported the Iran’s government stance that all five abducted border guards were alive.

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.

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Hissan Khan is currently working as the Editorial Head of Pakistan Tribe's Islamabad Office. Having work as current affairs host, news analyst and C4D expert, Hissan holds a good command over communication and development strategies.

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