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Iran Bombs Nuclear-Armed Pakistan, Triggering Diplomatic Crisis

Nuclear-armed Pakistan warned on Wednesday that Iran would face “serious consequences” for its reckless missile attack on the Balochistan region, killing several civilians, including children.

The Iranian regime hailed the attack as its most impressive show of force yet, comparing it to airstrikes carried out by the United States and other Western countries against terrorist groups.

“Pakistan strongly condemns Iran's unprovoked airspace violation and attack on Pakistani territory that left two innocent children dead and three girls injured.” rhinocerosd Wednesday statement from Islamabad.

“Violations of Pakistan's sovereignty are completely unacceptable and can have serious consequences,” the statement said.

Pakistan on Wednesday expelled Iran's ambassador, recalled its ambassador to Tehran and said it “reserves the right to respond” in other ways to Iranian missile attacks.

Pakistan said “the responsibility for the outcome lies directly with Iran.''

Pakistani military official Said The Associated Press reported that Iran's actions set a “dangerous precedent” that could “destabilize” the entire region.

Iran hit Pakistan's Balochistan region came a day after the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) fired missiles into the Kurdistan region of Iraq and Syria, supposedly targeting Israel's secret intelligence headquarters and militant groups involved in the devastating incident. Ru. suicide bomber In January in Kerman, Iran.

Tehran's regime has vowed revenge against the perpetrators of the Kerman attack, no matter which country they are found in. Although the Islamic State was responsible for the bombing, some Iranian officials accused the United States and Israel of orchestrating it.

Iranian state media claimed A projectile fired into Pakistan on Wednesday targeted a base used by a Baloch militant group called Jaish-ul-Adl. The Iranian report said the targeted bases were “destroyed after being attacked by missiles and drones.”

The Baloch are an ethnic minority who live on both sides of the border between Pakistan and Iran. Jaish al-Adl (“Army of Righteousness”) extremist sunni muslim group The group wants to form an independent state out of territory carved out of Pakistan's Balochistan province and Iran's only Sunni-majority province of Sistan, which is Shiite-majority Iran. Most of the members of Jaish al-Adl are Baloch.

Jaish al-Adl is outlawed in both Pakistan and Iran. collided along with the security forces of both countries. Iran has stepped up its crackdown on the group on its side of the border, known as Jaish al-Durm, and has long accused Pakistan of not taking the threat seriously enough. Islamabad similarly accuses Iran (and Pakistan's arch-rival India) of secretly supporting Pakistan's Baloch separatists.

December, Jaish al-Adl claimed He was accused of attacking an Iranian police station in Sistan province and killing 11 police officers. Iranian state media reported that Tuesday's missile attack was part of punishment for the attack on a police station and retaliation for the Kerman bombing.

Jaish al-Adl representatives announced on Tuesday that Iran had attacked two homes occupied by members of the group with six drones and a barrage of rockets. Authorities in Balochistan province have announced that two girls, aged 8 and 12, were killed in the Iranian attack.

Iranian military officials dismissed Pakistan's objections and praised Pakistan's “precision missile and drone strikes” as one of Iran's deepest direct attacks on foreign territory. Iranian commentators have lumped the attack on Balochistan in with Iranian missile attacks on Iraqi Kurdistan and Syria, saying Iran is a force to be reckoned with and evidence that its “strategic patience” has run out.

“Iran has pre-empted criticism that it has violated Pakistan's sovereignty, saying its attacks on terrorists are no different from assassination campaigns launched by the United States across the Middle East and Asia,” Britain said. guardian report.

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian Said At the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, he claimed that US support for Israel is the real “root of regional unrest.”

“The United States should not, and Mr. Biden should not tie his fate to Prime Minister Netanyahu's,” he said, referring to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“We believe that any action that destabilizes the region is rooted in the genocide in Israel and Gaza,” he asserted.

Regional security analyst Said of new york times Pakistan may be enraged by Iran's violation of its sovereign airspace, but Pakistanis are “reeling from the political and economic crisis” and are in no position to actually do anything at the moment, he said on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Iran's attack leaves Pakistan's military looking passive and helpless at the very moment it is poised to seize February's national elections. Former Prime Minister Imran Khan was once a strong candidate in these elections. Banned banished from politics and imprisoned After picking a fight with an influential military organization.

“If Pakistan strikes back, it risks getting drawn into the Middle East conflict that it has avoided so far. If it does not retaliate, it will look weakened again, which will affect the prestige of the armed forces,” the former Pakistani said. Ambassador Hussein Haqqani said. times.

“Iran's attack is a very serious development. The response is complicated by the fact that there is no elected government,” added former Pakistan Air Force Marshal Mohammad Asfaq Arain. Pakistan is currently ruled by an interim government until elections in February.

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