Official Stresses Terrorists' Inability to Harm Security in Eastern Iran

The terrorist groups have completely failed in their efforts to launch a new terrorist attack on Iran's Eastern regions during the last 11 months, thanks to the close security cooperation between Iran and Pakistan and the security measures adopted by Iran along its Eastern borders, an Iranian official said Tuesday.

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The terrorist groups have completely failed in their efforts to launch a new terrorist attack on Iran's Eastern regions during the last 11 months, thanks to the close security cooperation between Iran and Pakistan and the security measures adopted by Iran along its Eastern borders, an Iranian official said Tuesday.

"Terrorist groups on the Eastern side of the country have not been able to carry out any terrorist operation during the last 11 months despite their hard efforts to do so," Iranian Deputy Interior Minister for Security and Law Enforcement Affairs Ali Abdollahi told FNA today.

He pointed to the security meetings between Iranian and Pakistani officials, and stated, "Our negotiations with Pakistan have had good progress over many issues."

The deputy minister further dubbed the Iran-Pakistan security talks as "Security Diplomacy", and said these negotiations have proved as a good step in establishing security in Iran's Eastern regions."

"The security talks between Iran and Pakistan for confronting terrorist groups in Eastern Iran have been much effective," Abdollahi reiterated.

Abdollahi had also earlier told reporters on the sidelines of the 7th meeting of Iran-Pakistan Special Security Committee that "our Pakistani friends have ensured us that no terrorist group could use Pakistan's soil against the Islamic Republic of Iran".

Iran and Pakistan tightened security cooperation after the disbanded Jundollah group used the latter's soil to stage repeated terrorist attacks against Iran during the last few years.

The West-backed Pakistan-based Jundollah was the main terrorist cell operating in Southeastern Iran. Tehran has arrested a majority of its members and executed its number one and number two men.

Jundollah claimed responsibility for numerous terrorist attacks in Iran. The group carried out mass murder, armed robbery, kidnapping, acts of sabotage and bombings. They targeted civilians and government officials as well as all ranks of Iran's military.

In one of the worst cases, the terrorist group killed 22 citizens and abducted 7 more in the Tasouki region on a road linking the southeastern city of Zahedan to another provincial town.

In 2007, Jundollah kidnapped 30 people in the Sistan and Balouchestan province and took them to the neighboring Pakistan.

Jundollah claimed responsibility the same year for an attack on an Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) bus in which 11 IRGC personnel were killed.

In another crime in October 2009, the Pakistan-based terrorist Jundollah group claimed responsibility for a deadly attack in the Sistan and Balouchestan province which killed 42 people among them a group of senior military commanders, including Lieutenant Commander of the IRGC Ground Force Brigadier General Nourali Shoushtari.


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