Saudi Top Diplomat Assails Iran For Blaming Riyadh In Attack

Three-pronged attack on Pakistan India Iran and Afghanistan pile on pressure

Three-pronged attack on Pakistan India Iran and Afghanistan pile on pressure

"Saudi Arabia has been the victim of terrorism", he added, saying the kingdom would continue to be "unmerciful" in going after terrorists and those who finance and condone them. The bomb struck a bus traveling between the cities of Khash and Zahedan, a mountainous region along the Pakistani border that is also near Afghanistan.

FILE - Saudi Arabi's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir.

"Pakistan's government, who has housed these anti-revolutionaries and threats to Islam, knows where they are and they are supported by Pakistan's security forces", said Revolutionary Commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, referring to terror group Jaish al-Adl ("Army of Justice").

The attack was claimed by Jaish al-Adl [Army of Justice], a jihadist group based in the province.

The pledge came as the crown prince prepared to head for India later Monday, at the conclusion of his two-day visit to Islamabad, Express Tribune reported.

Iran's Revolutionary Guards are an elite security force, which was at the forefront of toppling the Shah 40 years ago and ushering in an Islamic republic.

The foreign ministry said Iran "cannot tolerate" Pakistan's inability to stop cross-border attacks on Iran and said Tehran's frustration had been communicated to Islamabad.

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India is garnering diplomatic support after the attack and has vowed to "isolate" Pakistan diplomatically in the worldwide community, saying it has "incontrovertible evidence" of Islamabad's role.

Iran also threatened to take unilateral military punitive action against the perpetrators if Pakistan failed to do so. The suicide bombing killed twenty-seven Revolutionary Guards.

Foreign Minister Qureshi, for his part, told reporters that he spoke to his Iranian counterpart, Jawad Zarif, on Sunday, assuring him of Pakistan's cooperation in investigating last week's terrorist attack.

In 2013, the group abducted and killed 14 Iranian forces in an ambush near the Iranian-Pakistani border. "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.

MBS is staging a three-country Asian tour just five months after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a fierce critic, at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul ignited a diplomatic crisis.

Pakistan government had invited the Taliban for talks along with the United States.

Pakistani President Arif Alvi on Monday conferred the country's highest civil award on the Saudi crown prince.

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