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Pakistan lashes out at ‘unprovoked violation’ of its airspace by Iran

According to the spokesperson, Pakistan has always said terrorism is common threat to all countries that requires coordinated action

By News Desk
January 17, 2024
Foreign Office spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch speaks during a press briefing in Islamabad in this still on January 11, 2024. — Facebook/@Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad
Foreign Office spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch speaks during a press briefing in Islamabad in this still on January 11, 2024. — Facebook/@Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad 

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has strongly condemned the unprovoked violation of its airspace by Iran, which resulted in the death of two innocent children while injuring three girls.

“This violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty is completely unacceptable and can have serious consequences,” said the spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement on Tuesday.

“It is even more concerning that this illegal act has taken place despite the existence of several channels of communication between Pakistan and Iran. Pakistan’s strong protest has already been lodged with the concerned senior official in the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tehran,” said the statement.

Additionally, it said, the Iranian chargé d’affaires has been called to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to convey “our strongest condemnation of this blatant violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and that the responsibility for the consequences will lie squarely with Iran”.

According to the spokesperson, Pakistan has always said terrorism is a common threat to all countries in the region that requires coordinated action. “Such unilateral acts are not in conformity with good neighbourly relations and can seriously undermine bilateral trust and confidence.”On the other hand, Iranian state media reported that two bases of Baloch militant group Jaish al Adl in Pakistan were targeted by missiles on Tuesday, a day after Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards attacked targets in Iraq and Syria with missiles. “These bases were hit and destroyed by missiles and drones,” Iranian state media reported, without elaborating.Iran’s Nournews, affiliated with the country’s top security body, said the attacked bases were located in Pakistan’s Balochistan province.