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TEHRAN, Feb. 19, 2014 (FNA)- Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani in a meeting with Chairman of the Pakistani Senate Syed Nayyer Bokhari called on Islamabad to tighten border controls to prevent infiltration of terrorist groups into Iran.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran asks for increased efforts by the Pakistani government to maintain security and tranquility at the two countries borders," Larijani said during the meeting held on the sidelines of the Meeting of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Tehran on Tuesday afternoon.

Larijanis remarks came after the outlawed Jeish al-Adl radical Sunni Wahhabi movement claimed responsibility for the abduction of 5 Iranian border guards earlier this month.

He called for close and regulated consultations between Iran and Pakistan as two important and influential countries in regional developments and the Muslim world, and said, "Completion of the two countries joint investments will leave deserving effects on the improvement of trade and economic relations between the two countries."

Bokhari, for his part, referred to the age-old and close relations between Tehran and Islamabad, and said Pakistan is seriously resolved to fight outlaws at its borders with Iran and the recent terrorist attack will leave no impact on the friendly ties between the two countries.

Jeish al-Adl released a photo of the kidnapped border guards on its Tweeter page and claimed the responsibility for their abduction last Saturday. Earlier reports had said that the abducted soldiers had been transferred to Pakistan which has a long border with Iran in the Southeastern parts of the country.

On Tuesday, Iran called on Pakistani officials to arrest and extradite the members of the terrorist Jeish al-Adl group who are responsible for the recent abduction of the five Iranian border guards in the Southeastern province of Sistan and Balouchestan.

"Unfortunately, we are witnessing the abduction of 5 Iranian border guards by the terrorist groups," Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said in her weekly press conference in Tehran yesterday.

Afkham elaborated on the measures taken by Iran in pursuit of the fate of the 5 border guards, and said Tehrans officials have made visits to Pakistan, summoned Islamabads ambassador to Tehran to the foreign ministry and called for the countrys serious acts to control the border regions.

"We also want them to identify the abductors of the border guards and extradite them to the Iranian officials and we are ready to cooperate with Pakistan to establish security at the borders and fight outlawed and terrorist groups in Pakistan," she underlined.

The terrorist Jeish al-Adl group has set several conditions for releasing the five Iranian soldiers. The group has called on Iran to release 50 of its arrested members, 200 Sunni prisoners and 50 female militants imprisoned in Syria in a swap deal with the five border guards.

In response, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Hossein Hassani Sadi underlined Tehrans tough confrontation with the terrorists, and stressed that Tehran would show no compromise in this case.

"We will have no soft stand in this case and our neighboring country (Pakistan to which the terrorists have transferred the kidnapped soldiers) should account for its lack of action," Hassani Sadi told reporters in Tehran on Monday.

"We will show tough confrontation in this case," the senior military official reiterated.

On Sunday, an Iranian deputy foreign minister stressed Tehrans firm will to root out terrorist groups alongside Iran-Pakistan border.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Consular, Parliamentary and Iranian Expatriates Affairs Hassan Qashqavi said necessary consultations for the release of the abducted Iranian border guards were underway.

The Iranian official also stated that the results of the consultations will not be publicized until the issue is finalized.

"We hope that the incident will result in the freedom of our loved ones as it was the case in previous incidents," Qashqavi expressed.

On Saturday, Iranian Deputy Interior Minister Ali Abdollahi confirmed that the five border guards are safe and sound.

"The latest news reports indicate the good health conditions of the five abducted Iranian border guards," Abdollahi told FNA.

He reiterated that the foreign ministry as well as the Iranian and Pakistani ambassadors "are following up the case and all efforts are being made" to secure the release of the abducted border guards.

On February 9, Irans Police Chief Brigadier General Esmayeel Ahmadi Moqaddam voiced concern over the presence of terrorist groups in Pakistans territories, and underlined that Irans police along with the Foreign Ministry are resolved to do their best to clear the fate of the five Iranian guards abducted at the Iran-Pakistan border.

Ahmadi Moqaddam criticized the performance of the Pakistani government and its border police in the joint border region.

He then asked how it is possible that certain elements ambush the Iranian guards, kidnap them, take them to Pakistan and release some photos of them.

He further called on the Iranian Foreign Ministry to investigate the case.

Last Sunday, the Iranian Foreign Ministry summoned Pakistans Ambassador to Tehran Nour Mohammad Jadmani to explain about the fate of the five border guards.

The director-general of West Asia Office of the Iranian Foreign Ministry on Sunday invited the Pakistani envoy and conveyed the Islamic Republics "displeasure and official protest" to him over the terrorist attack and the abduction of the border guards.

The Pakistani diplomat, who was handed an official protest note from Iran during the meeting, expressed regret over the terrorist operation.

Jadmani said he would convey Irans message to Islamabad to pursue the issue.

Also, last November, Jeish Al-Adl claimed responsibility for the assassination of Zabol prosecutor.

In the early hours of November 6, unknown assailants killed the prosecutor of Zabol city in Sistan and Balouchestan province, Mousa Nouri, and his driver while they were on their way to work.

But, Iranian officials rejected the claim, saying Jeish al-Adl was just bluffing to boast about its power. Iranian officials said another terrorist group had most likely conducted the attack. A few weeks later, Iranian security forces arrested the terrorists who were said to be not a member of Jeish al-Adl.

Jeish al-Adl had also killed 14 Iranian border guards two weeks before Nouris terror incident.


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