• Pakistan, November 15, 2018

    At a press conference in Islamabad Foreign Ministry spokesman announced that security forces have rescued five of the 12 kidnapped Iranian border guards, and added that efforts to recover the other captives are ongoing. An anti-Iran Sunni militant militant group, Jaish al-Adl, kidnapped the group a month ago in the southeastern Iranian border city of Mirjaveh in the the Sistan-Baluchistan province and took them to the Pakistani side of the porous frontier between the two countries. Tehran demanded Islamabad help recover the men. The Pakistani statement came hours after the chief commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) disclosed to reporters that the five guards were free and hosted by authorities in the neighboring country. The Iranian province has been the scene of clashes involving Iranian forces and militants as well as drug traffickers. Iranian separatists say their violence is retaliation for what they call Iran’s oppression against the province’s predominantly Sunni population. The Pakistani military has recently deployed thousands of additional troops on the border to boost security. Islamabad has previously captured and handed over to Tehran leaders and members of anti-Iran groups. (voanews.com, 15 November 2018)

  • Iran, October 16, 2018

    In a statement released by the Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the nation’s top security force, the IRGC confirmed that 12 security personnel were kidnapped from a post in the city of Mirjaveh in Sistan-Baluchestan province on the border with Pakistan. The IRGS statement said the force believed that their personnel had been deceived by “insiders”, but did not elaborate. However the semi-official Fars news agency said there were reports that the soldiers had suffered from food poisoning before being captured at around 4 a.m. or 5 a.m. and taken to Pakistan. The Jaish al-Adl, a Sunni militant group, claimed responsibility for the mass kidnapping on its Twitter account and an audio recording sent to reporters, saying that the group had seized more than 10 people as revenge for the oppression of Sunni Muslims in Iran. Following ther kidnapping Iran’s foreign ministry summoned the Pakistani ambassador who was asked that the Pakistani government would use all possible means to free the abductees. In September, the Revolutionary Guards killed four Sunni militants at a border crossing with Pakistan, including the second-in-command of Jaish al-Adl. (reuters.com, 16 October 2018)