Iran demands Pakistan extradite suspected Iranian militant

Published March 5, 2015
Iran handed Interpol the request for Abdul Sattar, a cousin of Abdulmalik Rigi and a “well known terrorist”, General Rezvani said. Abdul Malik, who was the top leader of Jundullah, was arrested and executed by Iran in early 2011. - AFP/File
Iran handed Interpol the request for Abdul Sattar, a cousin of Abdulmalik Rigi and a “well known terrorist”, General Rezvani said. Abdul Malik, who was the top leader of Jundullah, was arrested and executed by Iran in early 2011. - AFP/File

TEHRAN: Iran has demanded the extradition of a suspected Iranian Sunni militant arrested over the weekend in a border area in Pakistan, Iran's semi-official Fars news agency reported on Wednesday.

The two countries share a volatile and porous border, often used by smugglers and militants, including members of a Sunni militant group known as Jundullah, or "Army of God".

Jundullah is made up of mostly Iranian Sunnis, mainly from the ethnic Baloch community that allegedly operates from Pakistan's Balochistan province and is trying to overthrow the Shia-dominated government in Iran.

Also read: Senator urges govt to tell people about Jundullah

The Fars agency quoted General Masoud Rezvani, chief of Iran's branch of Interpol, as saying that Tehran is asking Islamabad to hand over Abdul Sattar Rigi, arrested by Pakistani authorities in Balochistan as he was traveling on a bus in the border area.

Know more: Jundullah’s key leader arrested near Quetta

Iran handed Interpol the request for Abdul Sattar, a cousin of Abdul Malik Rigi and a “well-known terrorist,” Rezvani said. Abdul Malik, who was the top leader of Jundullah, was arrested and executed by Iran in early 2011.

After Iran captured most Jundullah members and disbanded the group, the remaining militants created Jaish al-Adl, which is believed to be affiliated with Al Qaeda and has been held responsible for several attacks in Iran over the past two years.

Explore: IS visits militants in Balochistan: Jundullah spokesman

A Pakistani official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the case, confirmed to The Associated Press the recent arrest of a senior Jundullah figure but would not provide more details.

In Feb 2014, Jaish al-Adl abducted five Iranian border guards outside Sarbaz, a town in Iran's restive southeastern Sistan-Baluchistan province near the Pakistani border with. The guards were taken to Pakistan and one of them was reported killed in captivity while the remaining four were released two months later.

Opinion

Editorial

March in Pindi
Updated 26 Nov, 2022

March in Pindi

WITH the chief’s appointment out of the way and the army intent on staying out of politics, the fight is now down...
Tough IMF position
26 Nov, 2022

Tough IMF position

THE IMF has made it clear that Pakistan’s “timely finalisation of the [flood] recovery plan” — the key ...
The youth vote
26 Nov, 2022

The youth vote

PAKISTAN is an overwhelmingly young nation, with about 64pc of the population under 30. Yet our political system has...
Hard reset
Updated 26 Nov, 2022

Hard reset

IT is done. What should have been a routine matter in simpler times had this year become a vortex that seemingly...
Order of precedence
25 Nov, 2022

Order of precedence

IN Pakistan as well as abroad, there are few illusions about who actually calls the shots in this country. This...
Politicised police
25 Nov, 2022

Politicised police

AN important case is being heard at the Supreme Court these days, whose outcome could have a far-reaching impact on ...