Zarif condemns execution of kidnapped border guard

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has strongly condemned the execution of an Iranian border guard by the Pakistan-based terrorist group, Jaish-ul-Adl.

“It is extremely regrettable that all available evidence indicates that these cowardly acts of terror... have been perpetrated by State-sponsored extremist groups, with similar patterns of funding, coordination, support and direction,” Zarif wrote in an open letter on his Facebook page to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday.

Zarif also said the mere condemnation of terrorism is not enough.

He criticized the international community for "simply not doing enough to help Iran," reminding that the country has made great sacrifices to "help protect the entire humanity from the scourge of narcotics."

He added that despite efforts by the governments of Pakistan and some other countries, Iranian hostages remain in captivity and the perpetrators of previous crimes have yet to face justice.

Iran's top diplomat noted that the Iranian people have every right to demand more resolute global action that would help return their hostages, and bring to justice those who murdered their compatriots.

On February 6, five Iranian border guards were kidnapped in the border region of Jakigour in Iran's Sistan and Baluchestan province, and were later transferred to neighboring Pakistan.

The Jaish-ul-Adl terrorist group claimed responsibility for the abduction.

On Monday, Iran’s Interior Ministry confirmed that Jamshid Danaeifar, one of the five kidnapped border guards, had been killed.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry on Tuesday expressed sorrow over the killing of the guard and held the Pakistani government accountable for the tragic event.

On October 25, 2013, Jaish-ul-Adl killed 14 Iranian border guards and wounded six others in the border region near the city of Saravan in Sistan and Baluchestan.