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Calls to #FreeIranianSoldiers Abducted at Iran-Pakistan Border

Written by Farid On 12 February 2014 @ 6:23 am | 1 Comment

In Digital Activism, Farsi, Governance, Humanitarian Response, Iran, Middle East & North Africa, Protest, Weblog

Five Soldiers kidnapped nera Iran-Pakistan border, source: Jaish al-Adl's Twitter [1]

Five abducted Irani soldiers. Photo released by Jaish al-Adl's Twitter account

Iranians are using the #FreeIranianSoldiers hashtag to spread awareness about five Iranian border guards abducted [2] at the Iran-Pakistan border. The Baloch Sunni Muslim insurgent group Jaish al-Adl (Army of Justice) claimed responsibility [2] and published [1] the above photo of the abducted soldiers through their Twitter account. 

Jaish-al-Adl operate in Sistan-Baluchestan, one of Iran's largest and poorest provinces, which is home to 2 million Sunni-muslims [3]. The ethnic Baloch and Sunni-muslim insurgents in the area have been demanding more autonomy from the Shia-government in Tehran in recent years.

In October 2013,  Jaish-ul-Adl, which is called a terrorist group by the Irani state [4], [4] ambushed and killed 14 Iranian border guards. In response, authorities in the Shia-dominant country executed 16 people from Sistan-Baluchestan allegedly associated with Jaish-ul-Adl. [5]

Mohammad Reza Aref, an Iranian reformist politician, tweeted [6]:

Iranian social media researcher and blogger Narima Gharib tweeted [9]:

Canadian-Iranian Maryam Nayeb Yazdi tweeted [13]:

Iran-based Twitter user Opium called [15] for unity:

Since 2006, Baluchis, who make up 2 percent of Iran’s population [17], have accounted for about 20 percent of state executions, according to the Abdorrahman Boroumand Foundation, a US-based group which tracks human rights abuses in Iran.

The Irani government believes Jaish-ul-Adl is hiding in Pakistan's Balochistan province, [4] which borders Iran's Sistan-Baluchestan province. Pakistan is battling its own Baluchi insurgency [18]and has been criticized by Iran for failing to crack down on militant camps in its territory.


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URLs in this post:

[1] Image: https://twitter.com/jaishaladl_/status/432196898779193344

[2] abducted: http://iranpulse.al-monitor.com/index.php/2014/02/3859/iranians-tweet-in-support-of-five-kidnapped-iranian-soldiers/

[3]  2 million Sunni-muslims: http://blogs.wsj.com/indiarealtime/2013/12/05/the-battle-for-sistan-baluchistan/

[4] terrorist group by the Irani state: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/02/09/349890/jaishuladl-abducted-5-iran-guards/

[5] executed 16 people from Sistan-Baluchestan allegedly associated with Jaish-ul-Adl.: http://tribune.com.pk/story/669730/iran-slams-pakistan-over-soldiers-abduction/

[6] tweeted: https://twitter.com/MohamadRezaAref/status/432544591590719488

[7] #FreeIranianSoldiers: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23FreeIranianSoldiers&src=hash

[8] February 9, 2014: https://twitter.com/MohamadRezaAref/statuses/432544591590719488

[9] tweeted: https://twitter.com/ListenToUs/status/432893434324451329

[10] #Twitter: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Twitter&src=hash

[11] @BalouchRightsAd: https://twitter.com/BalouchRightsAd

[12] February 10, 2014: https://twitter.com/ListenToUs/statuses/432893434324451329

[13] tweeted: https://twitter.com/maryamnayebyazd/status/432889561799086080

[14] February 10, 2014: https://twitter.com/maryamnayebyazd/statuses/432889561799086080

[15] called: https://twitter.com/opiums/status/432844704984875008

[16] February 10, 2014: https://twitter.com/opiums/statuses/432844704984875008

[17] Baluchis, who make up 2 percent of Iran’s population: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baloch_people

[18] Baluchi insurgency : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balochistan_conflict

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