Iranian President Hassan Rouhani strongly decried the recurrence of terrorist attacks against Iran launched from inside Pakistan, calling on the eastern neighbor to prosecute and bring to justice perpetrators of a Wednesday attack that killed 10 Iranian troops at the common border. In a letter to Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif on Thursday, President Rouhani blamed Islamabad’s “inaction” and “lack of necessary measures” for the occasional damages to Iran and for deaths of Iranian border guards or civilians. It came after members of the so-called Jaish al-Adl Takfiri terrorist group on Wednesday launched an attack from Pakistan against an Iranian border post at the southeastern province of Sistan and Balouchestan, killing 9 soldiers. Iran’s Police said the martyrs were killed by long-range weapons fired from Pakistani soil. Elsewhere in his letter, the Iranian president said the Islamabad government is expected to prosecute and punish the perpetrators of the fatal attack in order to “maintain and boost good and brotherly relations” with Iran.
Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Reza Salehi Amiri said that Iran has created a cultural front against Terrorists like Takfiri groups in the Middle East. Amiri stressed on the need for developing cooperation between Tehran and Algiers. “Both countries have ideological and religious commonalities and they are able to take big steps in the Middle East and North Africa”, he said. He added cultural and art relations between the two countries are strong saying that Iran and Algeria have established good relations in sanitary, industrial, and agricultural fields. Salehi-Amiri left Iran for Algeria and Tunisia on Monday to sign documents on cultural and art cooperation.