Iranian MP: MKO might move to Pakistan

Iranian MP: MKO might move to Pakistan

Thu, 30 Jul 2009 02:16:21 GMT

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MKO members inside the Camp Ashraf

An Iranian lawmaker says following the Iraqi crackdown on the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO), its remaining members could be moved to Pakistan.

Iraqi security forces took control of the MKO’s training base at Camp Ashraf, about 60km (37 miles) north of Baghdad on Tuesday, detaining dozens of terrorists.

Seyyed Hossein Naqavi, a member of Iran’s Majlis Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy told Mehr news agency that the move by the Iraqi government would open a new chapter in Tehran-Baghdad ties.

He noted that the MKO has been in talks with Abdolmalek Rigi, the head of the Jundullah terrorist gang operating in southeastern Iran around the Pakistani border, saying that the talks seemed to be aimed at paving the way for the deployment of MKO members in Pakistan.

“Considering the fact that the EU has lifted the MKO from its terror list, there is also a chance for the terrorist group to be stationed in a European country,” he added.

Nevertheless, Naqavi stressed that the deployment of the MKO to an EU country is highly unlikely, because the group needs to be located on Iran’s doorsteps to carry out its plots against the country.

The Iranian lawmaker added that the Pakistani government does not have full control over all parts of its territory and this could let the MKO to resume its activity in Pakistan.

The MKO was founded in Iran in the 1960s, but its top leadership and members fled the country in the 1980s after carrying out a murderous campaign of assassinations and bombings inside the country.

The group is especially notorious in Iran because they allied with former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein during the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq.