TEHRAN: Iran summoned Pakistan ambassador to Tehran over terrorist attack on Iranian border guards which claimed the lives of nine soldiers and injured two others.
Iran's protest on the terrorist attack was conveyed to Ambassador Asif Ali Khan Durrani, Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi said on Friday.
'We strongly expect Pakistan government to adopt serious measures for arrest and punishment of terrorists,' the ambassador was told.
"Unfortunately, Pakistani side of Iran's borders are the most insecure ones and we expect Islamabad to honor its previous promises and prevent repetition of such attacks," Durrani was also told.
Meanwhile, the ambassador expressed sorrow over the terrorist incident and insured that he would convey Iran's message to the Pakistani government.
Meanwhile, Iran's Defense Minister asserted that the country reserved the right to respond firmly to the brutal terrorist act against Iranian border guards in its borders with Pakistan.
The minister urged the Pakistani authorities on Friday to take immediate steps to arrest and punish those behind the criminal act, the IRNA reported.
Armed bandits affiliated to the so-called Jaish ul-Adl (Army of Justice) terrorist group attacked the Iranian border guards from the Pakistan's soil on April 26, killing 11 Iranian border guards, including 3 officers and 8 privates in an ambush in Mirjaveh region some 75 km to the eastern Zahedan, capital city of the Sistan-Baluchestan province, neighboring Pakistan.
Brigadier General Hossein Dehghan, in a message on the martyrdom of the border guards, extended his condolence to the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, commanders and the staff of security forces as well as the Iranian nation and the bereaved families of the martyrs.
Reminding that Iranian government has pursued the matter through Pakistan's government, the minister added that Tehran reserved the right to respond to the brutal terrorist acts.
He urged the Pakistani authorities to arrest and punish criminals involved in the terrorist attack as soon as possible.
On Wednesday evening, nine Iranian border guards were martyred during an ambush attack by terrorists.
They were reportedly killed while patrolling in the city of Mirjaveh in Iran's southeastern province of sistan-Baluchestan.
Mirjaveh is located 75 km east of the provincial capital city of Zahedan. - NNI