Iranian top General lashes out at Pakistan and Saudi Arabia

Iranian top General lashes out at Pakistan and Saudi Arabia

TEHRAN – Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari has pinned blame on Pakistan for a recent suicide attack that left 27 dead.

During a farewell ceremony on Friday, Jafari alleged Pakistan of ‘sheltering anti-revolutionary and dangerous elements for Islam’ without furnishing any details on the matter.

The Iranian general insinuated that Pakistan was aware of their hideouts and should be ‘held accountable’ – a statement which has riled Pakistan as it shares common religious identity and there no substantive proof of Islamabad’s role in the attack.

Mohammad Ali Jafari continued that his forces will definitely take retaliatory measures against such attacks in the future.

The military general did not spare Saudi Arabia and UAE in his outburst, however, his remarks against Pakistan apparently endorse the increasing strategic ties between New Delhi and Tehran.

The comments come at a time when Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman is due to visit Pakistan on a two-day tour for signing multiple agreements worth $20b.

Pakistan and Iran share over 900-kilometre border, however, Tehran has enhanced its ties with India over a period of time with Chabahar port being the pivot of relationships.