As India-Pakistan tensions escalated in the past week, the Iranian government and their armed forces have threatened to act against Pakistani terror groups since the country cannot act against them.
General Qassem Soleimani, the all powerful commander of the IRGC Quds Force, issued stern warnings to the Pakistani government and its military establishment. “I have this question for the Pakistani government: where are you heading to? You have caused unrest along borders with all your neighbours and do you have any other neighbour left that you want to stir insecurity for,” Gen Soleimani was quoted as saying, according to Times of India.
“Are you, who have atomic bombs, unable to destroy a terrorist group with several hundred members in the region?” he asked, adding that Pakistan should not test Iran’s resolve.
Chairman of the Iranian parliament’s foreign policy commission Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh was also quoted as saying that Iran wanted to build a wall on its border with Pakistan, and promised Tehran would take action inside Pakistan if it was incapable of doing so to stop cross-border attacks into Iran.
Even the top aide of Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei, Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi, went on record to castigate Pakistan, saying that the criminal outlaws were from one of the tribes of Balochistan who had been trained on suicide operations in the neighbouring country, and the neighbouring country and the ISI should account to the Iranian government and nation and the IRGC for how they have crossed the borders of that country and, why this neighbouring country has turned into a safe haven and a place for training and dispatch of these infidel terrorist grouplets (to Iran).
Ali Jafari, commander of the IRGC, also warned Pakistan against supporting terror by saying that Pakistan should know that it should pay the cost for its intelligence organisation’s support for Jeish al-Zolm (as Jaish al-Adl is called in Iran).
He added that the Pakistani security organisation surely know the hideout of the grouplets but it has kept ‘mum’.