A senior Iranian lawmaker has criticized Berlin for harboring the leader of the Party for Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK) terrorists and called for his extradition to Iran.
In a letter sent to the German Federal Parliament on Sunday, Chairwoman of the Human Rights Committee of Majlis (Parliament) Zohreh Elahian censured Berlin's failure to meet its international commitments in the fight against terror and granting refuge to PJAK chief Rahman Haj-Ahmadi.
PJAK chief Rahman Haj-Ahmadi
She also asked Germany to hand over the PJAK chief to Iran so that he could be brought to justice.
On Saturday, the Iranian 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 the terrorist PJAK group in Germany.
During the meeting, the German envoy was reminded of the terrorist activities carried out by the PJAK terrorist group against Iranian citizens in the last few years, and Berlin government was urged to meet its obligations to the international campaign against terrorism.
Moreover, in a phone conversation on Saturday, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi discussed the issue with his German counterpart, Guido Westerwelle.
Salehi also stressed the importance of the German government putting Haj-Ahmadi on trial, given PJAK's armed campaign against Iran.
Members of the terrorist PJAK group -- an offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) -- regularly engage in armed clashes with Iranian security forces along the country's western borders with Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.
The PKK, which is recognized as a terrorist group by Turkey, Iran, Iraq, the United States, the European Union, and the United Nations, is responsible for many deadly operations in northern Iraq and southern Turkey.
Both organizations launch their attacks from Iraq's Qandil Mountains in the areas under the control of Kurdistan Regional Government.
Iran has recently deployed 5,000 military forces in the northwest of the country along its common border with the Iraqi Kurdistan region.
On July 17, the IRGC forces disbanded a terrorist cell linked to PJAK, killing at least five members of the group.
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