February, 22, 2024
Pakistan-Iran Diplomatic Restoration Amid Tragedy

Pakistan-Iran Diplomatic Restoration Amid Tragedy

Infostani International: In a tragic incident in Saravan, Iran, nine Pakistanis were killed on Saturday by unknown assailants. This comes amidst the restoration of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and Iran. The attack follows recent cross-border military actions, prompting both nations to address security concerns and work towards de-escalation.

Developments in Pakistan-Iran Relations: Tragedy in Saravan, Diplomatic Efforts, and the Path to De-escalation

Nine Pakistanis lost their lives in the Iranian city of Saravan on Saturday, as reported by Pakistan’s envoy in Tehran, Ambassador Muddasir Tipu.

Earlier today, Iran’s Mehr news agency stated that unknown armed men killed nine non-Iranians in a house in the Sirkan neighborhood of Saravan city in the Sistan-Baluchistan province. No group or individuals have claimed responsibility. The Baluch rights group Haalvash mentioned on its website that the victims were Pakistani laborers residing at an auto repair shop where they worked, and three others were wounded.

Reacting to the incident, Ambassador Mudassir expressed deep shock and stated that the embassy would provide full support to the bereaved families. The Counsel in Zahidan was dispatched to the incident site and the hospital where the injured were receiving treatment. Mudassir called upon Iran to extend full cooperation in the matter.

This development occurred a day after Mudassir arrived in Tehran, coinciding with his Iranian counterpart landing in Islamabad, marking the full restoration of diplomatic relations between the two neighboring countries after a brief disruption following Iranian strikes on alleged terrorist targets inside Pakistani territory.

Pakistan-Iran Diplomatic Restoration Amid Tragedy
Pakistan, Iran on course to restore diplomatic ties

Diplomatic Developments and Escalating Tensions: Iran-Pakistan Relations Under Strain

Earlier in the day, Mudassir, honored to present his credentials to Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, mentioned that the Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian would visit Islamabad on Sunday at the invitation of his Pakistani counterpart Jalil Abbas Jilani.

Last week, Iran launched attacks in Pakistan targeting what it described as bases for the militant group Jaish al-Adl in the border town of Panjgur in Balochistan. These actions led to strong condemnation from Islamabad and a downgrade of diplomatic ties. In response, less than 48 hours later, Pakistan conducted an intelligence-based operation, codenamed ‘Marg Bar Sarmachar,’ targeting hideouts used by terrorist organizations in Iran’s Sistan-Baluchestan province.

Iran condemned the strikes and summoned Pakistan’s charge d’affaires to seek an explanation. In Islamabad, the escalation prompted a high-level meeting of Pakistan’s National Security Committee, where a commitment to reducing tensions with Iran was ratified. Both countries expressed the importance of addressing mutual security concerns and committed to de-escalating tensions.

Diplomatic Renewal: NSC’s Commitment and Bilateral Initiatives between Pakistan and Iran

The NSC hoped for deeper relations through dialogue and diplomacy while emphasizing that any violation, under any pretext, would be met with the state’s full force. Tehran reciprocated by expressing adherence to the policy of good neighborliness and brotherhood. This set the stage for a phone conversation between FM Jilani and his Iranian counterpart, focusing on collaboration at the operational level and the reappointment of ambassadors to restore diplomatic normalcy. Jilani invited Amir-Abdollahian to visit Islamabad, emphasizing the serious pursuit of assurances regarding security and military cooperation.