ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Saturday lodged a strong protest with Iran over the involvement of groups based in Iran in Ormara massacre.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) lodged summoned Iran Ambassador to Pakistan and handed over him a demarche over the Ormara massacre.
In a letter demarche, the MoFA stated: “Killing of 14 innocent Pakistanis by terrorist groups based in Iran is a very serious incident that Pakistan protests strongly.”
As many as 15-20 terrorists camouflaged themselves in Frontier Corps (FC) uniform, barricaded the road and stopped 3-4 buses travelling from Ormara to Gwadar on the coastal highway at Buzi Top before dawn on April 18.
On the identification of the passengers, 14 personnel belonging to the armed forces were shot dead, the letter recalled.
Earlier, it was reported that of the at least 14 people who died in the incident, 11 were personnel of the Navy, Air Force and Coast Guards.
According to the ministry’s letter, “BRAS”, an alliance of three Baloch terrorist organisations, claimed responsibility for the terrorist act. Following the incident, MoFA said that the terrorists, who had arrived from the border region, returned to that area.
MoFA stated that Pakistan has “repeatedly” shared intelligence about these activities. The ministry added that in the recent past, as well on numerous occasions earlier, “information about the hubs of these Baloch terrorist organisations in Iran, having training camps and logistics bases across the border” was shared with the Iranian intelligence.
“Unfortunately, no action has been taken by Iran in this regard, to date,” the letter stated.
While lodging Pakistan’s protest against the deaths in Ormara, the MoFA added that Pakistan was awaiting Iran’s response to its “request for action against these groups based in Iran, whose locations have been identified by Pakistan a number of times.”
The ministry called on the embassy to convey the concerns to the relevant authorities in Iran for “prompt action”.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan avails itself of this opportunity to renew to the esteemed embassy the assurances of its highest consideration,” the letter concluded.