17 Jan 2024

Pakistan says two children killed in Iran's attack, warns Iran of serious consequences

Pakistan has said that two children were killed and three other people were injured in Iran's attack on Tuesday. Iran has said that it has attacked two targets associated with the extremist organization Jaish al-Adl.

A news agency associated with Iran's army has given this information. Pakistan has described the Iranian action as illegal and said that it could have serious consequences.

Iran has carried out this attack when Pakistan's caretaker Prime Minister Anwar ul-Haq Kakar met the Iranian Foreign Minister in Davos.

In the last few days, Pakistan is the third country after Iraq and Syria, where Iran has attacked.

Pakistan's Foreign Ministry summons Iran's top diplomat

Pakistan also summoned the Iranian charge d'affaires to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to convey its "strongest condemnation of this blatant violation" of sovereignty.

"A strong protest has already been lodged with the senior official concerned in the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tehran. Additionally, the Iranian charge d'affaires has been called to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to convey our strongest condemnation of this blatant violation of Pakistan's sovereignty and that the responsibility for the consequences will lie squarely with Iran," the statement said.

Pakistan's Foreign Ministry said that "this is a violation of Pakistan's sovereignty and can have serious consequences."

Earlier, there were reports in Iranian government media that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps has attacked two hideouts of extremists in Pakistan.

However, it is being claimed on Pakistani social media that the blasts took place in Balochistan province.

Pakistan's eastern border is adjacent to Iran. Both share a border of about 900 kilometers long.

Sistan Baluchistan province is in the eastern border of Iran which is connected to the western Baluchistan province of Pakistan. There is very little population in these areas near the border.

According to news agency Reuters, till now Iran has not reacted after Pakistan's warning.


S Jaishankar is in Iran on his official visit

Meanwhile, Indian Foreign Minister S Jaishankar is also in Iran on his official visit.

On Monday he met Iranian Foreign Minister Hussein Abdullahian.

It is being told that there was discussion regarding the ongoing tension in the Middle East and the attacks by Houthi rebels on cargo ships in the Red Sea.

Iran's attack has come at a time when Pakistan's Caretaker Prime Minister Anwar Al-Haq Kakar met Iran's Foreign Minister Husain Amir Abdullahiyan at the World Economy Forum being held in Davos.

No further information has been shared yet on what issues were discussed between the two.

Earlier this week, joint naval exercises between the navies of Iran and Pakistan also took place in the Gulf of Hormuz and the Persian Gulf.

On the other hand, this week India's Foreign Minister S Jaishankar also visited Iran. He met President Ibrahim Raisi there. Also discussed with Iranian diplomats the ongoing tension in the Middle East and attacks by Houthi rebels on cargo ships in the Red Sea.

Iran's attack can raise tensions in Middle East

Two bases of Balochi militant group Jaish al Adl in Pakistan were targeted by missiles on Tuesday, Iranian state media reported, a day after Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards attacked targets in Iraq and Syria with missiles.

Iran's attack could potentially raise tensions in the Middle East, already roiled by Israel's war on Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

“Two key strongholds of the Jaysh al-Dhulm (Jaish al-Adl) terrorist group in Pakistan” were “specifically targeted and successfully demolished,” Iran's semi-official Tasnim news agency said.

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