Published: Mon, February 18, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

As in India, so in Iran: Pakistan faces Tehran fury

As in India, so in Iran: Pakistan faces Tehran fury

The Iranian Foreign Ministry summoned Pakistan's ambassador on Sunday to protest the attack.

Mourners a carry the flag-draped casket during a mass funeral for those killed in a suicide auto bombing that targeted members of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard in earlier in the week, killing at least 27 people, in Isfahan, Iran, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. Predominantly Sunni Pakistan has deep religious, cultural, political and defense ties to Saudi Arabia, but it shares a porous border with Shi'ite Iran, stretching over 900 kilometers.

During the meeting, both discussed the recent Pulwama terror attack in India and attack on the revolutionary guards in Iran.

On Sunday, Pakistan's foreign minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, assured his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, over the phone that Islamabad would fully cooperate in the investigation on the attack on Revolutionary Guard members.

Reports said that the Saudi crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman's decision to shorten his visit to Pakistan was a signal of displeasure.

A Revolutionary Guard was killed and five were wounded in a Feb 2 attack claimed by Jaish al-Adl on a base of the Basij militia in the town of Nikshahr, some way from the border.

He added that the terrorist group is affiliated with the West and some Arab countries, and only carries out attacks devised by them.

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Pakistan has always walked a tightrope while trying to maintain a balance between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Both India and Iran saw similar suicide attacks targeting their respective paramilitary forces earlier this week.

It accuses Islamabad of allowing the Sunni militant group to operate on Pakistani soil and alleges that the fighters have links with Pakistan's secretive intelligence services.

Saudi Arabia's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Adel al-Jubeir, affirmed that Riyadh and Islamabad will work with each other in order to overcome challenges through joint cooperation, combating terrorism and supporting regional security and stability.

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has linked the perpetrators of the attack to "the spying agencies of some regional and trans-regional countries". The so-called Jaish ul-Adl terror group, which is based across the border in Pakistan and is responsible for kidnapping Iranian border guards and carrying out other terrorist attacks of this kind in Zahedan over the past years, claimed responsibility for the Wednesday attack.

The tour is seen as a attempt by the crown prince to rebuild his reputation after the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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