Pakistan’s Air Strikes on Iran : In a deeply unfortunate turn of events, seven people, including four children, lost their lives in air strikes launched by Pakistan into Iranian territory.
Pakistan’s Air Strikes on Iran : New delhi 18 jan 2024 (CITY TIMES). In a deeply unfortunate turn of events, seven people, including four children, lost their lives in air strikes launched by Pakistan into Iranian territory. The incident, which occurred on Thursday, has heightened tensions between the two neighboring nations, leaving behind a trail of sorrow and anguish.
Pakistan’s Aerial Attack Targets Iranian Border Village
The air strikes initiated by Pakistan took place at 9:05 am IST, specifically targeting the Iranian border village of Ali Reza Marhamati in the Sistan-Baluchestan province. The attack, described by Iran State Television, resulted in the tragic demise of three women and four children, all of whom were non-Iranian nationals. Additionally, an explosion near Saravan raised fears, but thankfully, there were no casualties reported.
“Marg Bar Sarmachar” – Pakistan’s Intelligence-Based Operation
Pakistan swiftly responded, labeling the military action as a “highly coordinated” and “intelligence-based operation.” Code-named “Marg Bar Sarmachar,” the operation aimed to eliminate terrorists, according to Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA). The statement highlighted the precision and specificity of the strikes against terrorist hideouts.
Tehran Accuses Pakistan of Targeting an “Iranian Terrorist Group”
In retaliation, Iran utilized “precision missile and drone strikes” to dismantle what they referred to as two “important headquarters” of Jaish al-Adl (Army of Justice) in Pakistan. Iran’s Foreign Minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahain, asserted that the air attacks specifically targeted the “Iranian terrorist group” Jaish al-Adl. He revealed that Iran had urged Pakistan multiple times to take action against this group.
As the situation escalated, Pakistan denounced the violation of its sovereignty as “completely unacceptable.” In response, Pakistan decided to recall its ambassador from Iran and expelled the Iranian ambassador. Foreign Office spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch expressed the severity of the breach, emphasizing that the Iranian ambassador currently in Iran might not return for the time being.
Bilateral Relations Strained
In a phone call between Pakistan’s caretaker Foreign Minister, Jalil Abbas Jilani, and his Iranian counterpart, Hossein Amir Abdollahian, the severity of the situation was highlighted. Jilani underscored the attack as a serious breach of Pakistan’s sovereignty and a violation of international law, damaging the spirit of bilateral relations. The incident, according to Jilani, has caused significant harm to the ties between Pakistan and Iran.
A Call for Diplomacy in Troubled Times
In conclusion, the air strikes by Pakistan on Iranian territory have not only resulted in a tragic loss of lives but have also strained the diplomatic ties between the two nations. The need for open communication, diplomacy, and a collective commitment to peace becomes paramount in these troubled times. As both nations grapple with the aftermath, finding common ground and restoring trust will be crucial for the stability of the region. The international community watches with concern, hoping for a resolution that prioritizes peace and understanding.
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