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Iran Summons Top Pakistan Diplomat Amid Missile Strikes

Pakistan carries out 'precision military strikes' against what it calls Iranian 'terrorist hideouts'

New Delhi:

Amid geopolitical tensions between neighboring countries, Iran has summoned Pakistan's top diplomat. Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Nasser Qanani announced today that the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has summoned Pakistan's charge d'affaires to protest the missile attack.

Pakistan carried out a “precision military attack'' on what it called a “terrorist hideout'' in Iran's Siestan-Balochistan province, killing nine people including three women, four children, and two men without Iranian nationality. died. The attack appears to be in retaliation for Iranian missile and drone attacks that targeted two strongholds of the Sunni Baloch terrorist group Jaish al-Adl in Pakistan's Balochistan province on Tuesday.

After the attack, Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement reiterating that the country fully respects the territorial integrity of the Islamic Republic.

In a statement read by Pakistan Foreign Ministry Spokesman Mumtaz Zahra, Islamabad described Iran as a brotherly country and said it was continuing its efforts to find a joint solution to the problem.

After Pakistan's counterattack, China offered to play a “constructive role” in easing tensions between the two countries and called on both sides to “exercise restraint and calm and avoid escalation.”

Asked at a press conference whether China was aware of Pakistan's airstrikes inside Iran, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Mao Ning said: “Did you say that Pakistan launched an attack on Iran? I did not say that. I am not aware of it,” he said.

“However, we pay close attention to this, and China always believes that relations between states should be handled in accordance with the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter and international law,” Mao said. Stated.

The sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of all countries should be respected and protected, she said.

“Iran and Pakistan are close neighbors and influential countries. We hope that both sides will maintain restraint and calm and avoid escalation, if necessary, and play a constructive role in de-escalating the situation.” We are ready to fulfill our mission.”

While Pakistan is an all-weather ally of China, Tehran has strengthened its ties with China in recent years, allowing Beijing to expand its influence in the West Asian region. China also imports significant amounts of oil from Iran.

The standoff with Iran comes as Pakistan is in the midst of a devastating economic crisis, with its $350 billion economy plagued by high inflation and ballooning fiscal and current account deficits. The company was brought back from the brink of default last summer and is now undergoing a tough $3 billion International Monetary Fund (IMF) bailout program.

The country's foreign debt fell after the Foreign Ministry said it carried out airstrikes inside Iran on Thursday, two days after Tehran attacked another group's base in Pakistani territory.

Iran supplies electricity to many parts of Pakistan, and there is an unofficial trade in goods such as liquefied petroleum gas and Iranian diesel.

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