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Pakistan Military Conducts Retaliatory Air Strikes Against Iran

Pakistan denounced Iran's actions as a "completely unacceptable" violation of its sovereignty, warning of serious consequences.

Edited By : Saurav Gupta | Updated: Jan 18, 2024 10:19 IST
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Pakistan's Retaliatory Strike On Iran
Pakistan's Retaliatory Strike On Iran

In response to Iran’s claimed missile and drone strikes on Jaish al-Adl (Army of Justice) targets in Pakistan, the Pakistan Air Force conducted retaliatory airstrikes on alleged Baloch separatist camps inside Iranian territory, as reported by multiple media outlets.

Pakistan’s Target

The retaliatory strikes specifically targeted hideouts situated in the Iranian territory of Baloch militants wanted by Pakistan, escalating tensions between the two neighboring countries.

Tit-for-Tat Strikes

Iran’s precision strikes on Jaish al-Adl positions in Pakistan prompted swift action from Pakistan, leading to a tit-for-tat exchange of military operations across their shared border.

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Denouncement of Sovereignty Violation

Pakistan denounced Iran’s actions as a “completely unacceptable” violation of its sovereignty, warning of serious consequences. The clash intensifies concerns about the breach of international law and bilateral relations.

Media Reports on Airstrikes

Prominent Pakistani media figures reported the airstrikes, with Salman Masood, the editor of a local daily and Pakistan correspondent for the New York Times, confirming the Pakistani Air Force’s operations on Baluch separatist camps inside Iran.

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Pakistan – Diplomatic Response

Pakistan’s caretaker Foreign Minister, Jalil Abbas Jilani, expressed strong condemnation during a phone call with Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir Abdollahian. Jilani underscored the severe damage the incident had inflicted on bilateral ties and emphasized the breach of international law.

Pakistan – High-Level Diplomatic Meetings

Amid the escalating tensions, Pakistan’s caretaker Prime Minister Anwar ul-Haq Kakar met with Iran’s Foreign Minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Simultaneously, the Iranian government announced its strikes on Jaish Al Adl bases inside Pakistan through drone and missile operations.

Jaish al-Adl Background

Jaish al-Adl, designated a “terrorist” organization by Iran, is a Sunni terrorist group operating in Iran’s Sistan-Baluchistan province. Formed in 2012, the group has been responsible for numerous attacks on Iranian security forces.

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Pakistan – Escalation of Regional Tensions

The recent exchanges of military actions between Pakistan and Iran add to the regional tensions, highlighting the complex geopolitical dynamics in the Middle East.

International Scrutiny

As the situation unfolds, international observers closely monitor the developments, concerned about the broader implications of heightened hostilities between Pakistan and Iran.

First published on: Jan 18, 2024 10:16 AM IST

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