Interior Minister Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi said that the terrorist operation in southeastern Iran on Sunday was a part of enemies’ psychological warfare against the Islamic Republic. Speaking to reporters here on Monday, the minister said that enemies intend to undermine security in Iran, and reminded that such operations have increased after Tehran presented statistical figures showing that security has increased in different parts of the country, including in the southeastern province of Sistan and Balouchestan.
“We have had the greatest decline in the number of crimes in Sistan and Balouchestan and Khuzestan provinces, although there are still a lot of things to do in our borders,” he said.
“Our conditions is undoubtedly better than before; sometimes an eye-catching incident makes the public opinion sensitive, but when reviewing the figures, we can find out that we are facing a decline in the number of crimes and felonies in the northeast, south, Khuzestan and Sistan and Balouchestan,” the minister added.
He also said that his ministry had predicted happening of such incidents, adding that enemies have launched extensive psychological operations against Iran, including the recent ploy against the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).
Pour-Mohammadi said that the US officials incite terrorist groups to embark on such operations as abduction of individuals or bomb explosions.
“Those who seem to be seeking dÃ©tente in the region, are actually providing for the expenses of terrorist groups in different countries. Britain, despite all its allegations, contacts grouplets, trains them and supplies their arms. Yet, we are glad to see that a large number of these plots are suppressed in our country due to the good potentials that we have,” he continued.
Regarding the fate of the hostages who were kidnapped by armed bandits in Sistan and Balouchestan on Sunday, the interior minister said that there are yet no official report about the freedom of hostages by Pakistani police.
Pour-Mohammadi said the present number of hostages reaches 12, adding that his ministry is due to attend a round of serious talks with Pakistani security officials to discuss the issue.