ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Tuesday summoned an Iranian ambassador to record a formal protest over the recent statement by the Iranian military chief, threatening to conduct cross-border raids against alleged militant hideouts, in a rare development suggesting friction between the two neighbours.
Pakistan and Iran have had issues in the past but they rarely discussed or pointed fingers at each other through public statements.
Hence, officials were shocked over the statement by Iranian Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces, Major General Mohammad Baqeri, who said his country would hit bases inside Pakistan if Islamabad does not confront ‘Sunni militants’ responsible for cross-border attacks.
At least 11 Iranian guards were killed and two others injured in an ambush near the town of Mirjaveh in the southeastern Iranian province of Sistan Balochestan last month.
The Jaish ul-Adl terrorist group, in a statement, had claimed responsibility for the attack. Iran said assailants escaped into Pakistani territory immediately after the assault.