Two days after Iranian airstrikes ignited anger in Pakistan, escalating regional hostilities, Islamabad responded with its strikes, reportedly aimed at Baluch separatist camps in Iran. This further deepens the hostilities already inflicting the Middle Eastern Region.
Pakistan's Foreign Minister stated, “Over the last several years, in our engagements with Iran, Pakistan has consistently shared its serious concerns about the safe havens and sanctuaries enjoyed by Pakistani origin terrorists calling themselves Sarmachars on the ungoverned spaces inside Iran. Pakistan also shared multiple dossiers with concrete evidence of the presence and activities of these terrorists”.
The situation remained unresolved despite repeated attempts to address these concerns through established diplomatic channels. This prompted Pakistan to undertake its intelligence-based operation codenamed “Marg Bar Samachar,” literally translating to “Death To Guerrilla.”
While Tehran has not issued an official statement yet, Iran’s semi-official news agency Mehr reported that seven individuals, comprising three women and four children, lost their lives in the missile attack launched by Pakistan on a border village.
As evidenced by the recent tit-for-tat airstrikes, the escalation of hostilities ultimately left innocent civilians caught in the crossfire, further fuelling distrust and animosity between the two nations.
Adding another layer to the web of suspicion, both nations harbour several insurgent groups operating in Iran and Pakistan, including the Jaish-al-Adl Sunni separatist group that Tehran targeted in its strike. These groups have a common goal of creating an Independent Baluchistan for the ethnic Baluch located in parts of Afghanistan, Iran, and Pakistan.
Despite the presence of a common threat, Tehran and Islamabad frequently accuse each other of allowing militants to operate from the other's territory to launch attacks, witnessing limited cooperation on either side to resolve the issue through constructive dialogue.
Amidst the escalating situation, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has issued a fervent call for de-escalation, urging both sides to prioritize dialogue and diplomacy over further military action. China, being an ally to both nations owing to the presence of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), has stepped forward, offering to act as a mediator, thereby consolidating its influence over the region. Amid these diplomatic maneuvers, India sympathizes with actions taken on the premise of self-defense, emphasizing its zero-tolerance policy toward terrorism.
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