Pakistan helped Iran nab top Sunni militant: Envoy

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 24, 2010 - 19:58

Tehran: Pakistan played a role in helping
Iran arrest its most wanted Sunni militant Abdolmalek Rigi who
was seized onboard a flight from Dubai, Islamabad`s ambassador
to Tehran Mohammad Abbasi said on Wednesday.

"I must tell you that such action cannot be carried out
without the cooperation of Pakistan. I am happy that he has
been arrested," Abbasi told a media conference at Islamabad`s
mission in Tehran.

Without elaborating, Abbasi said details of Pakistan`s
help to Iran in arresting Rigi would be revealed in "two or
three days time."

Rigi, the head of shadowy Sunni rebel group Jundallah
(Soldiers of God), was captured on a flight from Dubai to
Kyrgyzstan yesterday.

Iran`s Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi said the
entire operation to capture him was carried out by Iranian
agents and no other regional country was involved.

An airport official from Bishkek said on condition of
anonymity yesterday that the passenger plane Rigi was
travelling in was forced to land on Iranian territory by two
Iranian jet bombers.

Iran`s official Press TV, quoting an unidentified source
speaking on condition of anonymity, added on its
English-language website that Rigi was seized along with one
of his deputies.


First Published: Wednesday, February 24, 2010 - 19:58

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