Pakistan will pay a ‘heavy price’, says Iranian general

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Pakistan will pay a heavy price for harbouring militants, said Iran’s Revolutionary Guards chief Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, on Sunday.

The comments were made by Jafari on state television during an address on the occasion of the funeral of the soldiers who were killed in the bomb blast. The Revolutionary Guards chief claimed that Pakistan along with Iran’s regional rivals, the UAE and Saudi Arabia, were involved in backing militants groups that attacked Iran.

“Why do Pakistan’s army and security body … give refuge to these anti-revolutionary groups? Pakistan will no doubt pay a high price,” he said.

On Wednesday, a suicide bomb attack killed 27 members of the Revolutionary Guards. Iran has been struggling to keep the peace in the southeastern region where the bomb blast took place.

The responsibility of the attack was claimed by Jaish al Adl (Army of Justice), a militant group that claims to work for the betterment of the Sunni minority of Iran.

His comments come a few days after the Pulwama attack in which more than 40 Indian soldiers were killed in Indian-held Kashmir.

A truck laden with explosives detonated around a convoy of armed vehicles of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) at a highway in Srinagar.

India blamed Pakistan for being complicit in the attack. The accusations were vehemently denied by Islamabad.