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FO summons Iranian envoy over cross-border attack threat

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office on Tuesday summoned the Iranian Ambassador to Pakistan and conveyed Pakistan’s concerns over remarks of the head of the Iranian armed forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri regarding cross-border attack threat.

It was conveyed to the Iranian Ambassador that such remarks were against the spirit of brotherly relations existing between the two countries.

The Iranian side was urged to avoid issuance of such statements that could vitiate the environment of fraternal relations.

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The head of the Iranian armed forces warned Islamabad on Monday that Tehran would hit bases inside Pakistan if the government does not confront militants who carry out cross-border attacks.

Ten Iranian border guards were killed by militants last month. Iran claimed Jaish-al-Adl, a militant group, had shot the guards with long-range guns, fired from inside Pakistan.

The border area has long been plagued by unrest from both drug smuggling gangs and separatist militants.

“We cannot accept the continuation of this situation,” Major General Mohammad Baqeri was quoted as saying by state news agency IRNA.

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