Pakistan condemns killing of border guard


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has condemned the killing by militants of one of five Iranian border guards they have been holding hostage for the past six weeks, the Foreign Office said on Wednesday. The guards were seized while patrolling the lawless frontier with Pakistan in early February. Jaish al-Adl (Army of Justice), an Iranian rebel group in Sistan-Baluchistan province later claimed responsibility. The group said on its website on Sunday that it had killed the border guard. “Pakistan is deeply saddened over the reported killing of one of the five Iranian border guards,” the foreign office said in a statement. “We condemn this terrorist act, and share the grief and agony of the families of the martyr and the other border guards.” Iran’s semi-official Fars News Agency reported the killing on Monday and identified the victim as Jamshid Danaeefar. Fars, quoting an “informed source”, also said the four other hostages were in good health, without giving further details. The kidnapping has further inflamed tension between Tehran and Islamabad over sectarian violence. While Pakistan claims it has no evidence that the Iranian guards are in Pakistan, Iran accuses Pakistan of supporting the rebels. 

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