Iran Targets Alleged Terrorist Group in Cross-Border Airstrike: Two Children Killed in Pakistan

Davos, Switzerland – January 17, 2024

Iran Targets Alleged Terrorist Group in Cross-Border Airstrike

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian revealed that the air attacks in Pakistan, resulting in the tragic death of two children and injuries to three others, were specifically aimed at an “Iranian terrorist group.” The minister made these statements during the “World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.”

Addressing the situation, Amir-Abdollahian clarified, “On Pakistan, none of the nationals of the friendly and brotherly country of Pakistan were targeted by Iranian missiles and drones.” He asserted that the so-called “Jaish al-Adl group,” labeled as an “Iranian terrorist organization,” was the primary focus of the airstrikes.

Providing context to the targeted attacks, the Iranian Foreign Minister explained that the strike on “Pakistan’s soil” was in response to “Jaish al-Adl’s recent assaults” on the Iranian city of Rask in the “southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchistan.” Amir-Abdollahian noted that the group had found refuge in certain areas of Pakistan’s Balochistan province, leading to multiple discussions with Pakistani officials on the matter.

While emphasizing Iran’s respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Pakistan, Amir-Abdollahian underlined that Iran would not permit any compromise or manipulation of its national security.

Jaish al-Adl, identified as a Sunni Muslim armed group, has a history of launching attacks on “Iranian security forces” in the border region with “Pakistan.” The recent airstrike has escalated tensions between the two neighboring countries.

Pakistan, responding to the violation of its airspace and the resulting tragic incident, recalled its ambassador to Iran. The Foreign Ministry spokesperson, without specifying the nature or location of the violation, described it as “unacceptable” and a breach of Pakistan’s sovereignty. The spokesperson also affirmed Pakistan’s right to respond to what it deemed an “illegal act.”

Additionally, Iran’s ambassador, currently in his home country, will not be permitted to return to Islamabad, as confirmed by the Pakistani Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson.

Officials in Pakistan’s southwestern province of Balochistan reported that four missiles struck the Panjgur district near the Iranian border. An unnamed senior official of the Panjgur administration disclosed that the missiles targeted the village of Koh-i-Sabaz, located approximately 50km (30 miles) inside Pakistani territory.

As both nations navigate this delicate situation, the incident underscores the complexities of cross-border relations and the challenges of addressing security threats in the region.

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