Infostani International: Amidst rising tensions, Pakistan’s strikes on terrorist hideouts in Iran’s Sistan-o-Baluchistan, a retaliation within 48 hours of airspace violation, have drawn international commentary. Here, we provide concise insights into the unfolding situation and diplomatic implications.
Expert Perspectives on Pakistan’s Military Strikes in Response to Iran’s Incursion: A Call for Diplomacy and Caution
International politics and diplomacy experts expressed their views on Thursday after Pakistan conducted precision military strikes on terrorist hideouts in Iran’s Sistan-o-Baluchistan province, responding within 48 hours of Iran violating its airspace.
The Foreign Office (FO) statement indicated that Pakistan’s operation, codenamed ‘Marg Bar Sarmachar,’ resulted in the killing of several terrorists in a highly coordinated and targeted manner.
- Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, former foreign secretary of Pakistan, commended Pakistan’s responsible action, emphasizing the importance of dialogue between the highest authorities in both countries and urged the involvement of China to facilitate a diplomatic resolution.
- Abdul Basit, Pakistan’s former high commissioner to India, stressed the need for a diplomatic solution with Iran, distinguishing the relationship with Iran from that with India and emphasizing the history of collaboration between Pakistan and Iran.
- Shireen Mazari, former human rights minister, described Pakistan’s response as swift and proportionate but questioned how militant groups emerged in each other’s territories, calling for an examination of the historical and social ties between the two nations.
- Khawaja Asif, former defense minister, highlighted the significance of Pakistan’s measured response, causing anxiety in Tehran, and emphasized the importance of ongoing efforts to prevent escalation.
- Talat Hussain, a senior journalist, suggested that Iran now has a window to exit the self-created crisis, while Mosharraf Zaidi, a political analyst, warned of a dangerous and unpredictable situation, expressing concerns about Iran’s role in supporting terrorists targeting Pakistan.
- Michael Kugelman, a scholar of South Asian affairs, recommended third-party mediation to prevent the crisis from spiraling out of control, highlighting the need for cooler heads to prevail.
- Kamran Khan, an anchorperson, acknowledged Pakistan’s clear message to Iran but raised concerns about potential impacts on the upcoming general elections, suggesting a delay due to the escalated border situation.
- Senator Sherry Rehman called for restraint on both sides and urged against fanning the flames, emphasizing the long-standing history of border exchanges with Iran since 2013.
- Former senator Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar criticized Tehran’s attack as a “drama to hide cowardice,” supporting the decision to sever diplomatic relations.