Iran warns Pakistan to crack down on Jaish al-Adl

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The head of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard threatened to retaliate against neighboring Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates over a suicide auto bombing this week that killed 27 members of the elite organization.

India and Iran, after suffering from two "heinous" terrorist attacks in the past few days, have agreed on close cooperation to combat terrorism in the region as External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met the country's Deputy Foreign Minister Seyed Abbas Araghchi here.

Jaish ul-Adl was formed in 2012 by members of the Pakistan-based Jundallah, a separate militant group that Iranian intelligence forces dismantled in 2010.

The comments came as Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was concluding a two-day visit to Pakistan.

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The Iranian news agency, IRNA, quoted Bagheri as saying that if training camps and their activities in some areas of Pakistan continue "for any reason whatsoever", Iran will immediately intervene.

Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards said Monday it has arrested three "terrorists" involved in last week's deadly suicide bomb attack on security forces in a region bordering Pakistan.

The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief media, said Pakistani and Iranian officials have been in touch since the attack.

Masood was summoned to the Iranian Foreign Ministry on February 13 in connection with the terrorist attack on the Khash-Zahedan road in Iran's Sistan and Baluchestan province.

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His statement was in a different tone to an earlier reaction where he called on the "brotherly state of Pakistan" to tighten security along its border with Iran. "This is not charity, but investment for the benefit of the two countries", he said, in response to a question on the $20 billion investment, announced by Saudi Arabia for initiating several development projects in Pakistan.

The terror attack in India's Pulwama district was carried out by Jaish-e-Muhammad which is based in Pakistan and so is Jaish al-Adl.

The Iranian foreign ministry, meanwhile, said Qureshi "strongly condemn (ed) and offer (ed) condolences over the recent terrorist attack in south-eastern Iran".

Saudi Arabia wants an "economically stable" Pakistan, he added. The Guards' commander has also vowed to make Pakistan pay. The Taliban in a release said at the "formal invitation of the government of Pakistan" meeting was scheduled to take place "between the negotiation teams of the Islamic Emirate and the U.S. on 18th of February 2019 in Islamabad".

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