February, 22, 2024
Pakistan Recalls Ambassador Amid Border Tensions with Iran

Pakistan Recalls Ambassador Amid Border Tensions with Iran

Infostani International: Following what Pakistan deems an “unprovoked violation of its airspace” by Iran, tensions have risen, leading Pakistan to recall its ambassador and suspend high-level visits. The Foreign Office denounced missile and drone strikes in its territory, highlighting casualties and a breach of sovereignty. China urged restraint amid escalating tensions. The situation underscores ongoing challenges in border security and the fight against terrorism, with recent attacks in the region contributing to the heightened atmosphere.

Pakistan Recalls Ambassador from Iran and Suspends High-Level Visits Amid Rising Tensions Over Alleged Airspace Violation

On Wednesday, the Foreign Office (FO) announced that Pakistan, in response to what it deems as the “unprovoked violation of its airspace” by Tehran, has chosen to recall its ambassador from Iran and halt all ongoing or planned high-level visits between the two countries.

Late Tuesday night, the Foreign Office (FO) denounced the strikes in Pakistani territory, citing the “deaths of two innocent children while injuring three girls” and terming it a “violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty.” Iranian state media revealed that the attack occurred in the border town of Panjgur in Balochistan, focusing on the region known as Kouh-Sabz. The Tasnim news agency reported that the operation successfully targeted and demolished two key strongholds of the Jaish al-Dhulm (Jaish al-Adl) terrorist group in Pakistan through a combination of missile and drone attacks.

Local authorities received information about the attack, with reports suggesting a missile hit a mosque, causing partial damage and injuries. Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar had met Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian before the attack.

The FO spokesperson, Mumtaz Zahra Baloch, asserted in a press briefing in Islamabad that the “unprovoked and blatant breach of Pakistan’s sovereignty by Iran” was a violation of international law and the UN Charter. She declared the act “completely unacceptable” and stated that Pakistan reserves the right to respond, with the responsibility for consequences lying squarely with Iran. Baloch announced the recall of Pakistan’s ambassador from Iran and the suspension of high-level visits between the two countries.

Pakistan Recalls Ambassador Amid Border Tensions with Iran
“unprovoked violation of its airspace” by Iran, tensions have risen

China Calls for Restraint as Pakistan Condemns Iranian Airstrike, Advocates for Diplomacy Amid Rising Tensions

China urged restraint from both Pakistan and Iran, emphasizing the need to avoid actions escalating tensions. The incident triggered condemnations across Pakistan, with officials expressing disappointment, and shock, and describing it as “unacceptable and condemnable.” Former Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif stressed the need for sincere dialogue and cooperation between the two countries.

Activist and lawyer Jibran Nasir condemned the airstrike, appreciating the government’s measured response. He emphasized the common threat of terrorism and the importance of joint efforts. The FO released a statement vehemently protesting the “violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty,” warning of serious consequences and lodging strong protests with Iranian officials.

Last month, an attack in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan resulted in the deaths of 11 Iranian police officers. Iranian Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi had urged Pakistan to prevent terrorist groups from establishing bases within its borders. Caretaker Foreign Minister Jalil Abbas Jilani condemned the terrorist attack in a phone call with his Iranian counterpart. Similar attacks have occurred in the region, highlighting the challenges of border security and combating terrorism.