Iran’s Revolutionary Guards accused Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates of “supporting the perpetrators of the Zahedan attack on American and Israeli orders” and vowed with “reparative measures” against them.
“Saudi Arabia and the UAE carry out these acts on orders from the US and the Zionist regime,” said Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari, adding that Tehran’s dealings with the two countries “will be different and we will definitely take reparative measures.”
He explained that those who carried out the Zahedan attack entitle the protection and support of the Pakistani security forces, and pointed out that Pakistan must change its dealings with terrorists, otherwise Iran will take different actions.
In remarks broadcast on Iranian state television, Jafari accused the Pakistani government security forces of supporting the armed group that carried out a suicide attack that killed 27 members of the Revolutionary Guard in Sistan-Baluchistan province.
“The Pakistani government, which has sheltered these anti-revolutionary and dangerous elements for Islam and knows where their hideouts are,” Maj. Gen. Jafari said. In reference to the “Army of Justice” group that adopted the attack.
The Pakistani government must take responsibility for this crime carried out by these elements,” he said. “There is no doubt that if the Pakistanis do not punish them, retaliation will be carried out by these anti-revolutionary elements, and the Pakistani government will see the consequences of supporting the anti-revolutionary elements,” Jafari said.
Jafari made the remarks on the sidelines of a ceremony for the funeral of victims of the attack who were buried afternoon prayers in the province of Isfahan in the city of the same name in central Iran.
He also noted in his remarks to “the support that the region’s reactionary states Saudi Arabia and the Emiratis” maintain for “conspiracies” that he said were ordered by Israel and America. “We will certainly follow retaliatory measures,” he added.
In September, state television in Iran said the foreign ministry had summoned the UAE charge d’affaires for comments on a military parade attack that killed 25 people, including members of the Revolutionary Guards.
The official Press TV said the decision was made because of comments made by an unnamed UAE official. Iranian officials have accused Gulf Arab states backed by the United States of supporting the attackers on Saturday, Reuters reported.
Abdul Khaleq Abdullah, a professor of political science and former adviser to the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohammed bin Zayed, sparked controversy after he said on Twitter, after the spread of the news of the attack on a military parade in Ahwaz, southern Iran, which left dozens of dead and wounded, Saying: “10 military deaths in an attack on a military parade in the city of Ahwaz in southwestern Iran. The attack on a military target is not a terrorist act and the transfer of the battle to the Iranian rear is an open choice and will increase during the next stage.”
In turn, Iranian President Hassan Rowhani said that the group behind the military offensive in Ahwaz, southwest of the country, “received financial and military support from the Gulf states,” without naming it.
“The United States is providing resources to the countries that committed these crimes,” Rowhani said.
Four gunmen fired at a military parade in Ahwaz, southwest Iran’s Khuzestan province, killing 29 people and injuring 57 civilians and military personnel, while Tehran vowed to retaliate.
Iran blamed the Ahwazi organization, an opposition separatist group, for being behind the attack. The Arab Liberation Movement for the Liberation of Al-Ahwaz, in a tweet on Twitter, claimed responsibility for the attack. The terrorist organization Isis also claimed responsibility for the attack.
“Two Gulf states are involved in training, organizing and supporting the perpetrators,” the spokesman for the Iranian armed forces, Abu al-Fadl Shakarji, told Iranian television on Saturday. He also blamed the Israeli intelligence service Mossad and the United States.
Rohani accused the United States of trying to create insecurity in Iran, stressing that it would not work.
“America believes that whoever has the power can act with impunity all over the world,” he said.
“Iran will try to overcome the sanctions and make America regret its aggressive stance.”