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Iran slams Pak for harbouring terrorists after suicide attack on IRGC personnel

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has slammed for harbouring terrorists and terror outfits after Jaish ul-Adl, a Pakistan-based terrorist group, claimed responsibility for an attack on an IRGC convoy which claimed the lives of 27 IRGC members while wounding 13 more.

The terrorist attack, which took place in mid-February, has invited the ire of Iran's top military brass, with most promising "revenge" in the wake of the attack.

The of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, lashed out against Pakistan, stating that the intelligence organisation was accountable for sheltering Takfiri groups, including

"We believe this silence is kind of support for this grouplet and the organization should account for it," Jafari said, according to

"should also know that it should pay the cost for the organization's support for Jeish al-Zolm (as is called in Iran) from now on and this price will no doubt be very heavy for them," he warned.

The also reaffirmed that the Pakistani security organisation "knows the hideout of the grouplets but has kept mum."

"The recent crime has caused the IRGC and other Armed Forces to boost determination to continue the path of martyrs and confront threats and they will protect the security of the country's borders with more strength and power and will take revenge of the blood of our oppressed martyrs," Jafari also noted.

The military general also threatened that reserved the "right of confrontation" if Pakistan ceased to comply with responsibilities.

"If Pakistan does not comply with its responsibilities, the Islamic Republic of reserves the right of confrontation against these peripheral threats at the borders with the neighbouring country, based on international law and rules, and will adopt compensatory measures to punish the terrorists who are mercenaries of the regional and trans-regional states' agencies," he cautioned.

Meanwhile, the of the IRGC Quds Force, Major General further warned to halt cross-border attacks by terrorists who are based on their soil, according to

"We have always offered Pakistan help in the region, but I have this question from 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," General Soleimani stated at an event in Babol after the February 13 suicide attack.

Furthermore, addressing the directly, he said: "Are you, who have atomic bombs, unable to destroy a terrorist group with several hundred members in the region? How many of your own people have been killed in different terrorist operations? We do not want your condolences, how could your condolence help the people of Iran?"

"I ask the what has been left for Pakistan?" he asked.

Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi, a to the of Iran, Ali Khamenei, also lashed out against Pakistan and its intelligence organisation. "These criminal outlaws were from one of the tribes of Baluchestan who had been trained on suicide operations in the neighbouring country, and the neighbouring country and the ISI should account to the and nation and the IRGC for (the question) how they have crossed the borders of that country and why this neighbouring country has turned into a safe haven and a place for the training and dispatch of these infidel terrorist grouplets (to Iran)," he said.

General Safavi also held responsible for the terrorist attack on the IRGC convoy, which took place in Sistan and Baluchestan.

Meanwhile, Pakistan, promising to boost security cooperation with Iran, proposed to fence around 950 kilometres of the Iran-Pakistan border "so that no third party could sabotage the brotherly and friendly relations through any nefarious act," quoted Major General as saying.

Responding to this, the of the Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission told FNA, "The and members of the commission underlined that Pakistan lacks the capability to build a wall at the borders (but) Iran strongly welcomes construction of a wall at the borders with Pakistan."

On February 13, a total of 27 members of were killed after an explosive-laden vehicle targeted the bus which was ferrying the military personnel in Khash-Zahedan sector of province in south- lodged a strong demarche with Pakistan over the assault, summoning Pakistan's to register an official protest.

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First Published: Sun, March 03 2019. 19:06 IST