Iran denies reports of its desire to sabotage Gwadar project
ISLAMABAD: Iranian Ambassador to Pakistan Mohammad Ali Hosseini has denied the reports that Tehran was supporting militants in Balochistan in a bid to sabotage China’s Gwadar project.
Ali Hosseini said his country was ready to work on mutual security. He, however, blamed that 80 anti-Iranian militant groups were present in Pakistan.
To a media query about infamous gangster Uzair Baloch’s claims that he had been spying for Iranian intelligence agency, the ambassador said because of the friendly and brotherly ties, Iran considered security of Pakistan as its own. He rejected any effort to destabilize the country.
“This role has also been applied for countering with destabilising and insecuring elements through suppressing terrorist groups. As repeatedly mentioned in high military and security bilateral meetings, Iran has ultimate readiness to cooperate with their Pakistani brothers for eliminating any security threat in common borders,” he said in statement.
He said Iran wanted to remove any misunderstanding which mainly happened because of the deceptive and malicious efforts of third parties.
Sindh Rangers had arrested Uzair Baloch on Jan 30, 2016. He has confessed to committing heinous crimes including murders, land encroachment, illegally occupying sugar mills, extortion and trading or arms.
In Apr 2017, he was handed over to the Pakistan Army after he was accused of spying for foreign spy agencies. After three years, he was handed over to police on Apr 6, 2020.
On Jul 7, Federal Maritime Affairs Minister Syed Ali Haider Zaidi had said that the Joint Investigation Report (JIT) of Lyari Gang War ringleader Uzair Baloch issued by the Sindh government was incomplete and it was missing names of six important Pakistan Peoples Party leaders.