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India, Iran warn Pakistan of response to suicide attacks

India, Iran warn Pakistan of response to suicide attacks

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Feb 16, 2019 - 19:53

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): After India warned Pakistaninfo-icon of ‘a strong response’ to a suicide attack in the disputed Kashmir valley, Tehran also accused Islamabad on Saturday of involvement in a suicide attack on the Revolutionary Guards.

The Wednesday bombing involving a suicide attacker killed at least 27 personnel of Iran’s elite guard and wounded more than 20 in Sistan-Balochistan province, the Iranian media reported.

The suicide attack in Chanali area targeted a bus carrying the Islamic Republic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) personnel on the Khash-Zahedan road.

In remarks aired on the state TV Saturday, Revolutionary Commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari said: “Pakistan’s government, who has housed these anti-revolutionaries and threats to Islam, knows where they are and they are supported by Pakistan’s security forces,” as he referred to militant group Jaish al-Adl (“Army of Justice”).

 “If (the Pakistan government) does not punish them, we will retaliate against this anti-revolutionary force, and whatever Pakistan sees will be the consequence of its support for them,” he warned.

The general made the remarks in Isfahan City on Friday evening during a farewell ceremony held for those killed. Funerals are expected to follow on Saturday.

On the other hand, after Thursday’s car suicide attack killed 40 paramilitary forces in the Indian-administered Kashmir, India said it had “incontrovertible evidence” of Pakistani involvement, a statement quickly rejected by Islamabad.

The Pakistan-based Islamist group Jaish-e-Mohammad has claimed responsibility for the attack, the deadliest since the insurgency against Indian rule began in 1989.

“We will give a befitting reply, our neighbor will not be allowed to destabilize us,”  Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a speech, after meeting security advisers to discuss options.

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