Iran threatens to hit 'militant safe havens' inside Pakistan

Iran threatens to hit 'militant safe havens' inside Pakistan

Tehran (Web Desk): Iran on Monday warned Islamabad that Tehran would hit bases inside Pakistan if the government does not confront “militants who carry out cross-border attacks”.

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.

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

"We cannot accept the continuation of this situation," Major General Mohammad Baqeri, the head of the Iranian armed forces, was quoted as saying by state news agency IRNA.

“We expect the Pakistani officials to control the borders, arrest the terrorists and shut down their bases,” he added. “If the terrorist attacks continue, we will hit their safe havens and cells, wherever they are,” Baqeri said.