ISLAMABAD- Pakistan said today that an Iranian guard, who was reportedly abducted and killed by captors this month, was not found on its soil.
The remarks by the Pakistani Foreign Ministry came a day after Iranian President issued a warning to the country after the reported execution of the Iranian soldier. President Hassan Rouhani spoke to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and demanded stern and fast action from Islamabad to secure the release of the soldiers.
A militant group "Jaish Al-Adl" had claimed responsibility for kidnapping Iranian border guards on February 6, 2014. The group also released a video of the abducted soldiers. Pakistan Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Tasnim Aslam, said her country would extend all possible cooperation to Iran for the recovery of the guards.
"Our authorities combed the entire area where the guards were supposedly kidnapped. It has been done repeatedly, yet there were no signs indicating that the missing guards were brought to Pakistan," she said. "We asked the government of Iran to provide us information. The five Iranian Border Guards disappeared 10 km or 15 km inside Iranian territory in Sistan-Balochistan province and Iran approached Pakistan to help them in locating where they were taken, " the spokesperson said.
She said Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also discussed this issue on telephone and the tone of discussion was very polite. She said Iranian guards went missing at least 5-10 km inside Sistan and Jaish-ul-Adl claimed the responsibility. She said Pakistan has condemned the killing of the Iranian Guard and stands ready to help Iran locate them.
"We are ready to help in locating these missing guards wherever they are. Our cooperation will continue as we have done in the past. This was also acknowledged by the Iranian leadership and officials. So far, our investigations and search have not given us any clues that those guards were present in Pakistani territory."