PM Imran Khan leaves for maiden visit to Iran tomorrow
Pakistan on Saturday lodged a strong protest with Iran for not taking action against the group behind the killing of 14 passengers who were forcibly offloaded from their bus and shot dead on the Makran Coastal Highway in Ormara, Balochistan on April 18.
The Foreign Office sent a letter to the Iranian Embassy in Islamabad on Saturday.
“15-20 terrorists who camouflaged themselves in Frontier Corps (FC) uniform barricaded the road and stopped 3-4 buses traveling from Ormara to Gwadar on the coastal highway at Buzi Top in the dawn of April 18 and on the identification of the passengers, shot dead 14 personnel belonging to the armed forces of Pakistan. BRAS which is the alliance of three Baloch terrorist organisations have claimed responsibility for this terrorist act,” the letter stated.
“After the incident, the terrorists who arrived from border region returned to that area,” it added.
The letter said that Pakistan “has repeatedly shared intelligence about these activities”, but not action has been taken by Iran.
“The information about the hubs of these Baloch terrorist organisations in Iran, having training camps and logistics bases across the border, was shared with Iranian intelligence in the recent past, and on a number of occasions earlier,” the letter read.
It said that the killing of 14 innocent Pakistanis by terrorists groups based in Iran is a “very serious” incident that Pakistan protests strongly.
Iran Foreign Minister Javed Zarif condemned the terror attack in Pakistan in a tweet Friday night.
Strongly condemning the recent terrorist attack in Pakistan, just as PM @ImranKhanPTI embarks on his first, historic visit to Iran.
Terrorists, extremists & their sponsors are terrified by close relations between Muslim states.
Iran stands with the people & govt. of Pakistan.
— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) April 19, 2019
He assured of support to the Pakistan government.
Prime Minister Imran Khan will pay a two-day official visit to Iran tomorrow (Sunday). The Pakistani leader is undertaking the visit on the invitation of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
This will be the premier’s first visit to Iran.