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Pakistan strikes Iran in retaliation, killing nine

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Pakistan launched missile strikes into Iran, killing nine people, after Iran struck Pakistan late Tuesday


Pakistan claimed that its military operations targeted "facilities used by terrorists" in Iran's southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan. According to Iran's state TV, a total of three women, two men, and four children lost their lives. The retaliatory airstrikes occur amidst heightened tensions in the Middle East, characterized by multiple concurrent crises.

Israel is currently engaged in a military conflict with the Palestinian militant organization Hamas in the Gaza Strip, involving reciprocal acts of gunfire. Hezbollah, a Lebanese group supported by Iran, along with other Iran-backed groups in Iraq and Syria, are deliberately attacking US forces. In response, the US and UK have taken military action against the Iran-backed Houthis in Yemen, who have been carrying out attacks on shipping. 

Pakistan's foreign ministry officially acknowledged its airstrikes on Thursday, as reported by Iranian media, targeting the vicinity of Saravan city. The ministry took action based on reliable information regarding an imminent occurrence of extensive terrorist activities. As a result, several individuals identified as "terrorists" were eliminated. The statement emphasized that it completely acknowledges and upholds Iran's authority and geographical boundaries. Pakistan's army conducted "precision strikes" using drones, rockets, and long-range missiles, as stated in their official statement. The statement indicated that their focus was on "terrorist organizations," specifically the Balochistan Liberation Army and the Balochistan Liberation Front. Both factions are involved in a protracted battle for increased self-governance in Balochistan, a geographically isolated area in the southwestern part of Pakistan.

Pakistan vehemently denounced Iran's attack on Tuesday, targeting a region in Pakistan's Balochistan province adjacent to the Iranian border, resulting in the unfortunate deaths of two children, as reported by Islamabad. Iran maintained that its strikes were specifically targeting Jaish al-Adl, an ethnic Baloch Sunni Muslim organization responsible for conducting attacks within Iran, rather than the citizens of Pakistan. 

In the preceding week, Iran also launched assaults on targets located in Iraq and Syria. The statement claimed responsibility for targeting the Islamic State and Israel's Mossad intelligence agency, alleging their involvement in a recent bombing in Kerman, that resulted in the death of 84 individuals. Experts noted that Pakistan's reaction was expected and mirrored Iran's by framing it as a targeted assault on insurgents.

"Pakistan's act of retaliation does indeed increase the likelihood of a further escalation, but it also presents a chance to withdraw from the imminent danger. Currently, the two parties are evenly matched," stated Michael Kugelman, the South Asia director at the Wilson Center. "Islamabad was highly motivated to reinstate deterrence, particularly due to Iran's aggressive actions in the broader region, which involved launching direct attacks and using proxy forces to target perceived threats and adversaries." Essentially, if Pakistan had refrained from taking action, it would have been exposed to the possibility of further attacks. Some individuals proposed that the government in Islamabad was facing internal pressure to take action. The nation, which witnessed the ousting of its previous leader Imran Khan, is scheduled to conduct an election in the upcoming month. 

"The government faced significant public pressure, leading them to take this action as a demonstration of their resolve, to show that they are not inferior to Iran. This can be seen as an act of sabre-rattling," commented retired Lt General Asif Yaseen, a former Pakistani defence secretary. However, he expressed a strong intuition that the current situation will come to an end for both nations, and Pakistan may now have the opportunity to resume discussions with Iran. Several analysts have proposed that Iran's recent military attacks on Iraq, Syria, and Pakistan were influenced by the ongoing volatile situation in the Middle East.

Tehran has expressed its disinterest in engaging in the broader Israel-Gaza conflict. However, it supports and encourages groups that have been specifically targeting Israel and its allies as a means of demonstrating solidarity with the Palestinians. 

Shashank Joshi, the defence editor at The Economist, disagrees with the notion that the strikes are a direct result of the Hamas attacks on Israel on 7 October 2023. "The narrative revolves around Iran demonstrating its strength, possibly in response to what it perceived as a severe attack on its nation in Kerman on January 3rd, which is considered the most severe act of terrorism in Iran since the revolution of 1979..." Iran is experiencing distress and is responding aggressively. "I believe there is no compelling rationale to attribute the bombing to or consider it as a consequence of 7 October," stated Mr Joshi during an interview with the BBC's Today program. He further states that while there have been previous instances of border tensions, this current situation represents the most significant and severe escalation of tensions in his memory. China, a staunch supporter of both countries, has urged both parties to exercise self-control and refrain from escalating the situation.

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