The United States is supporting anti-Iranian groupsoperating out of Pakistan'sremote border regions, the speaker of Iran's parliament has said.
Gholamali Haddadadel accused the US oftrying to put pressure on the government in Tehran,but said Pakistanwas not involved in the operations.
"Thereis no doubt in our minds that the United States spares no effort toput pressure on the Islamic Republic of Iran," he said.
The US television stationABC News reported on Tuesday that the UShad been secretly advising and encouraging a Pakistani group that had carriedout raids in Iran.
"Thebest indication of United States' support to a particular terroristgroup is that one of the leaders of this terrorist group was given the opportunityto speak on VoA [Voice of America radio station] after committing thecrime," Haddadadel said.
"Thereis no news, no evidence, and we don't have any reason to believe that themilitary establishment in Pakistanis also supporting such militant groups."
ABC News, citing US and Pakistani intelligence sources, said the raids hadresulted in the deaths and capture of Iranian soldiers and officials.
The group, called Jundullah and made up of members of the Baluchi ethnic group,who live in Pakistan and Iran, operated from the Baluchistanprovince, the report said.
The group said it carried out an attack in February that killed at least11 members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard on a bus in the Iranian city of Zehedan.
ABC reported Pakistani government sources as saying the secret campaignagainst Iran was on theagenda when Dick Cheney, the USvice president, met Pervez Musharraf, the Pakistani president, in February.
The Pakistani foreign ministry dismissed the ABC report as "tendentious".It said the suggestion that Pakistanwas involved in a secret war against Iran was "an absurd andsinister insinuation".
Haddadadel said on Thursday that Iranhad to step up co-operation with Pakistan on the border.
"Someof the militants, the rebel forces are active in our border areas and we shouldwork with Pakistanin order to increase security co-operation," he said.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16