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PJAK Leader Offers To Lay Down Arms And Negotiate With Iran

Source: Press TV

Following Iran's operations against the Party for Free Life of Kurdistan, the group says it will lay down arms if Tehran grants it the right to political activity.

PJAK ringleader Abdul Rahman Haji Ahmadi
Abdul Rahman Haji Ahmadi

In an interview with the London-based Asharq Al-Awsat, Abdul Rahman Haji Ahmadi, who currently lives in Germany, claimed that his group "is ready to lay down their arms and cease military operations against Iran," if PJAK is offered the possibility of free political activities.

In July, Iran's Foreign Ministry summoned the German charge d'affaires in Tehran Benita Kadenbach to voice Iran's strong protest against the presence and free activity of Haji Ahmadi in Germany.

Members of the PJAK terrorist group -- an offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers' Party -- regularly engage in armed clashes with Iranian security forces along the country's western borders with Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.

Haji Ahmadi added that if circumstances are right "we would like to return to the country, because we want to continue the fight inside our country, not from [Iraq's] Kurdistan Region."

Haji Ahmadi admitted for the first time that the group is based in the Qandil Mountains, claiming that the "area does not belongs to any individual or government."

PJAK launches its attacks from Iraq's Qandil Mountains in the areas under the control of Kurdistan Regional Government.

The PJAK and PKK had previously laid mines in Sardasht heights near Iran's border with Iraq.

Iran's Kurdistan province

Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) deployed 5,000 military forces in the northwest of the country along its common border with Iraq's Kurdistan, and has been fighting the PJAK terrorist group over the past weeks in order to establish security and stability in the area.

This is while security forces close to President Massoud Barazani's Kurdistan Democratic Party have been transferring wounded PJAK terrorists to hospitals.

Through the efforts of Iranian forces, security has been restored to some extent in the region.

PJAK has lost a great of number of its positions, including tunnels and bunkers, to the IRGC.

However, the US Consulate in the Iraqi city of Arbil has provided PJAK with new weapons, a Press TV correspondent reported.

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