Pakistan

Pakistan Launches ‘Operation Marg Bar Sarmachar’, Conducts Strikes Inside Iran

Pakistan on Thursday morning carried out a series of precision military strikes on several locations inside Iran, where terrorists of Pakistani origin, known as Sarmachars, had been operating and planning large-scale attacks on Pakistan.

The Foreign Office said in a statement that the operation, codenamed ‘Marg Bar Sarmachar’ or ‘Death to the Guerrilla Fighters’, was a response to Iran’s unprovoked violation of Pakistan’s airspace and territory on Tuesday, when Iranian forces launched airstrikes on Balochistan’s Panjgur area, allegedly targeting the Jaish al-Adl group, a Sunni militant group that opposes Tehran.

The Iranian airstrike had killed two innocent children and injured three girls in Pakistan, sparking outrage and condemnation from Islamabad, which called it “an egregious violation of international law and the spirit of bilateral relations between Pakistan and Iran.”

Pakistan said it had repeatedly raised its serious concerns with Iran over the years about the safe havens and sanctuaries enjoyed by the Sarmachar terrorists on the ungoverned spaces inside Iran, and had shared multiple dossiers with concrete evidence of their presence and activities.

“However, because of lack of action on our serious concerns, these so-called Sarmachars continued to spill the blood of innocent Pakistanis with impunity. This morning’s action was taken in light of credible intelligence of impending large-scale terrorist activities by these so-called Sarmachars,” the Foreign Office said.

The Foreign Office said that Pakistan’s military action was a manifestation of its resolve to protect and defend its national security against all threats, and a testimony to the professionalism of the Pakistan Armed Forces.

“Pakistan will continue to take all necessary steps to preserve the safety and security of its people, which is sacrosanct, inviolable, and sacred,” the statement said.

Pakistan also said that it fully respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Iran, and that the sole objective of the operation was in pursuit of Pakistan’s own security and national interests, which are paramount and cannot be compromised.

“As a responsible member of the international community, Pakistan upholds the principles and purposes of the UN Charter, including territorial integrity and sovereignty of member states. Guided by these principles, and in exercise of our legitimate rights within international law, Pakistan will never allow its sovereignty and territorial integrity to be challenged, under any pretext or circumstances,” the statement said.

The statement concluded by saying that Iran is a brotherly country and the people of Pakistan have great respect and affection for the Iranian people.

“We have always emphasized dialogue and cooperation in confronting common challenges, including the menace of terrorism, and will continue to endeavour to find joint solutions,” the statement said.

Meanwhile, Iran’s state media reported that several explosions were heard in the Sistan-Baluchistan province of Iran on Thursday morning, and that three women and four children, none of whom were Iranian, were killed in the blasts.

The deputy governor of the province, Ali Raza Marhamati, claimed that Pakistan attacked a border village with several missiles at 4:30am, and that another explosion took place near the city of Saravan, but there were no casualties from that blast.

Iran’s Defence Minister Mohammad Reza Ashtiani had said on Wednesday that Iran would set “no limits” or boundaries for its national interests and public defense, and that Iran was a missile power and would respond to any threat.

The border tensions between Pakistan and Iran come at a time when the Middle East is witnessing a surge of violence and conflict, especially in Gaza, where Israel and Hamas have been engaged in a deadly war for over a week.

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