Pakistan Condemns Iran for Killing Two Children in Airspace Violation

Pakistan has strongly condemned Iran for launching a missile strike inside its territory that killed two innocent children and injured three girls on Tuesday night. The Foreign Office said that Iran’s violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty was completely unacceptable and could have serious consequences for the bilateral relations.

According to Iranian state media, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) claimed to have targeted the bases of a terrorist group called Jaish al-Adl in Pakistan’s Balochistan province with missiles and drones. The IRGC said that it destroyed the headquarters of the terrorist group, which it accused of being involved in attacks on Iranian security forces in the border area.

However, Pakistan rejected Iran’s claim and said that the missile strike hit a civilian area called “Green Mountain” in Panjgur district, about 50 kilometers inside Pakistan from the Iranian border. Pakistan said that the missile strike damaged a mosque and killed two children, while injuring three girls.

Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch said that Pakistan lodged a strong protest with Iran over the incident and called the Iranian Charge d’affaires to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to convey its strongest condemnation of Iran’s blatant violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty.

She said that Pakistan warned Iran that the responsibility for the consequences will lie squarely with Iran.

Baloch said that Pakistan was even more concerned that Iran’s illegal act took place despite the existence of several channels of communication between the two countries. She said that Pakistan has always said that terrorism is a common threat to all countries in the region that requires coordinated action. She said that Iran’s unilateral acts are not in conformity with good neighborly relations and can seriously undermine bilateral trust and confidence.

Pakistan’s reaction came as Iran also launched missile attacks on multiple targets in Syria and in Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan region on Monday and Tuesday, as per state media. The IRGC said that it attacked a spy headquarters and a gathering of anti-Iranian terrorist groups in Arbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, and a base of the Islamic State group in Syria.

The attacks killed four people and wounded six others in Arbil, according to Iraq’s Kurdistan security council. The United States condemned the attacks as “reckless”, warning they undermine Iraq’s stability. Iraq said it recalled its ambassador from Tehran for consultations over the attacks. Iraq’s National Security Adviser Qassem al-Araji dismissed as “false” Iran’s claim that it hit an Israeli intelligence base in Arbil.

Iran’s missile strikes came amid rising tensions in the region, as Israel continues its war on Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Iran has expressed its support for Hamas and condemned Israel’s aggression against the Palestinians. Iran has also accused Israel of being behind a series of attacks on its nuclear facilities and scientists.

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