Pakistan’s air force launched airstrikes as a response to Iran’s earlier attack on Pakistani soil, which resulted in the tragic death of two children in Baluchistan province. The tit-for-tat military actions have significantly heightened tensions between these neighboring nations, putting their diplomatic relations at serious risk. Both countries have a longstanding history of mutual suspicion, largely fueled by various militant attacks over the years.
The Pakistani Foreign Ministry explained its airstrikes as a strategic and highly coordinated series of military strikes, targeting specific locations based on credible intelligence indicating a looming threat of large-scale terrorist activities. This move, according to the ministry, underscores Pakistan’s unwavering commitment to safeguarding its national security against all potential threats.
In the region, several insurgent groups, including the Jaish al-Adl Sunni separatist organization targeted by Iran, operate with a shared objective of establishing an independent Baluchistan that encompasses ethnic Baluch areas across Afghanistan, Iran, and Pakistan. Both Baluchistan province in Pakistan and Sistan and Baluchestan province in Iran have experienced prolonged insurgencies led by Baluch nationalists.
The retaliatory airstrikes by Pakistan have resulted in casualties, including women and children, as reported by Iranian authorities. Online images and videos shared by advocacy groups depict the aftermath of the attack, showcasing damaged homes and rising smoke in the affected area.
This latest development comes on the heels of Pakistan recalling its ambassador to Tehran in response to Iran’s airstrikes in Baluchistan province. Iran claimed to have targeted bases of a militant Sunni separatist group, a move strongly criticized by Pakistan as a blatant violation of its airspace.
Pakistan condemned the loss of innocent lives, particularly highlighting the tragic death of two children. The situation remains volatile, with the potential for further escalation and continued strain on diplomatic ties between the two nations.