Commander-in-Chief of the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps Major General Mohammad-Ali Jaafari says Pakistan-based terrorists have released 5 of the 12 Iranian border guards kidnapped last month.

Iran News: Major General Jafari was addressing the final meeting of the 4th National Congress of the 3000 Martyrs of Gazvin province, where he made the announcement, Iran Press News Agency reported.

He said the released forces had been handed over to the Pakistani authorities who wanted us to take them in but the Islamic Republic did not admit, calling on the Pakistani government to do what it can to secure the release of all the 12 kidnapped soldiers.  

Jafari added that Pakistan has promised to secure their release and hopefully they will return home as soon as possible.

The top military official said the terrorists are demanding the release of their convicted criminals but the Islamic Republic would never admit such a bargain.
 

The 12 forces were kidnapped in mid-October by elements of the so-called Jaish ul-Adl terrorist group near the town of Mirjaveh in the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan.

Meanwhile, the IRGC chief said "no arrogant power like the US and even more stronger than the Americans could not overcome the Islamic Republic of Iran as long as the culture of martyrdom enjoys such a credibility in the nation's logic."

The forty-year history of the 1979 Islamic Revolution is filled with the US consecutive defeats when dealing with the Iranian people’s determination and the victory over the hegemonic system, the commander said.

Jafari lauded Iranian martyrs as the source of spiritual life and prosperity to the society.

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Nov 15, 2018 14:08 Asia/Tehran
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