Pakistan launches protest with Iran over inaction against Balochistan bus attack

Clay Curtis
April 22, 2019

The deadly attack happened Thursday in the Gwadar border district, where officials say a group of up to 20 assailants disguised as Pakistani paramilitary forces stopped several passenger buses on the coastal highway, and then went through identification cards of all the passengers before abducting and spraying 14 of them with bullets.

This is the first visit of Imran to Tehran since he became the prime minister in August a year ago and is being watched closely because of a number of factors, including Pakistan's deepening ties with Saudi Arabia, which is at odds with Iran.

Iran is also angered by Pakistan's role in the Saudi-led military alliance that is operating against Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen. Though the fencing of 950-kilometer-long border will be costly, it is need of the hour, he said, and added that Pakistan and Iran will set up joint border centers at six points for surveillance along the border.

"After the incident, the terrorists who arrived from border region returned to that area", it added.

"After collecting and verifying actionable evidence through our internal investigations, we have shared it with authorities in Iran". The Baloch terrorist outfits have set up their logistic camps inside the Iranian border area and it has also been conveyed to the Iranian authorities, he said.

The premier is accompanied by two ministers, an adviser and three special assistants holding portfolios of human rights, maritime affairs, commerce, overseas Pakistanis, health services, and petroleum.

However, the relations received a jolt after the April 18 attack on Pakistan security personnel in Ormara area of Balochistan.

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"Today I spoke with my Iranian counterpart and shared all information about Baloch terrorists groups, their training camps, hideouts and locations and he assured that Iran will act on the information provided by Pakistan", Qureshi told media.

Iran claimed that a Pakistani suicide bomber was behind the attack, which was claimed by the Sunni jihadist group Jaish al-Adl (Army of Justice), which Tehran says operates mostly out of Pakistan.

"Unfortunately, no action has been taken by Iran in this regard, to date", it added.

According to details, Foreign Office (FO) forwarded a letter of protest to the Iranian Embassy in Islamabad. "Strongly condemning the recent terrorist attack in Pakistan, just as PM Imran Khan embarks on his first, historic visit to Iran", Zarif had tweeted.

Pakistan on Saturday lodged a strong protest with Iran for not taking action against the group responsible for offloading a passenger bus and allegedly killing 14 people on the Makran Coastal Highway in Ormara in Balochistan on Thursday.

According to Balochistan Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohsin Hassan Butt, it was an act of "targeted killing".

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