Pakistan retaliates with precision strikes on alleged militant hideouts in Iran, following Tehran’s attack on Jaish al-Adl. Tensions rise as both nations exchange accusations, threatening regional stability.
New Delhi, January 18, 2024 – In a tit-for-tat move, Pakistan conducted a series of precision strikes on what it referred to as “terrorist hideouts” in Iran, under the intelligence-based operation named “Marg Bar Sarmachar.” The operation reportedly resulted in the death of several individuals identified as terrorists, according to Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry.
The retaliatory action came in the wake of an attack by Iran on the Balochi group Jaish al-Adl’s headquarters inside Pakistan. Islamabad had issued a stern warning to Tehran, emphasizing the potential “serious consequences” of such actions.
Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry stated, “This morning Pakistan undertook a series of highly coordinated and specifically targeted precision military strikes against terrorist hideouts in Sistan-o-Baluchistan province of Iran.” The ministry reiterated that the objective was to safeguard Pakistan’s national security and interests.
Expressing a commitment to maintaining strong ties with Iran, Islamabad clarified that the strikes were a manifestation of its “unflinching resolve” to protect its national security. The statement underscored Pakistan’s respect for Iran’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Pakistan’s grievances against Iran include concerns about safe havens for terrorists, particularly those of Pakistani origin, operating within Iranian territory. The Foreign Ministry noted that despite sharing multiple dossiers with evidence of these activities, action had not been taken, leading to the decision to launch the recent strikes.
Iranian media reported casualties from the Pakistani strikes, including four children among the nine individuals killed. This incident followed Iran’s missile and drone attacks on Jaish al-Adl bases in Pakistan’s Balochistan province, prompting Pakistan to condemn the “violation of its airspace” and warn of potential consequences.
In response to what it deemed an “illegal act,” Pakistan announced the recall of its ambassador from Iran and the suspension of high-level visits between the two countries. The responsibility for any further consequences was placed squarely on Iran, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Tensions between the two neighboring nations have escalated, raising concerns about the potential for further hostilities and the impact on regional stability.