Washington – “Don’t test Iran’s tolerance. Iran will take revenge against Saudi Arabia over suicide attack on the Revolutionary Guards and can retaliate anywhere around the world,” threatened the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), Qassem Soleimani. He also cautioned Pakistan against being swayed by the Saudi petrodollar and warned it to not annoy Iran, India and Afghanistan for it.
A week ago, 27 soldiers were killed in a suicide attack on a vehicle carrying the Revolutionary Guards in Sistan-Baluchistan province in Iran. The terror outfit ‘Jaish al-Adl’ in Pakistan accepted the responsibility of the attack. Alleging the Pakistan-sponsored terrorist organisation of targeting Iranian soldiers, Iran had summoned Pakistani Ambassador in response. Besides, Iranian leaders too issued a warning that Iran would break into Pakistan and hit the terror bases inside if it fails to confront them.
However, while Saudi Arabia’s ‘Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman’ was on a visit to Pakistan, Iran alleged the US, Israel and Saudi Arabia of having their hands in the suicide attack in Iran. Major General Qassem Soleimani who leads Iran’s ‘Quds Force’ in Iraq and Syria war, also held Saudi accountable for the attack on Iranian soldiers. Further, he stated emphatically that Iran could strike Saudi Arabia anywhere in the world.
Soleimani alleged Saudi of building its regional influence on the strength of its petrodollar. Maj. Gen. Soleimani claimed the influence to be short-lived and stated that Riyadh would fail soon. Simultaneously, he advised Pakistan not to get caught in Saudi’s trap and spoil its relations with neighbouring countries.
The terrorist organisations in Pakistan are already posing a threat to the security of the neighbouring countries. However, Pakistan has not yet acted against them. In a sharp warning to Pakistan Soleimani said, “Swayed by Saudi, Pakistan should not turn into a centre for creating troubles for neighbouring countries. If so, Iran, India and Afghanistan will resolutely stand against Pakistan. The regional tension would destroy and divide Pakistan in no uncertain terms”.