Pakistan Shows Resolve and Restraint After Iran’s Unprovoked Assault, PM Asserts

Pakistan has shown its resolve and restraint after Iran’s unprovoked assault on its soil, caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar said on Thursday, adding that the country’s response was a clear message to India and the entire region.

Speaking to a private news channel, PM Kakar said that Pakistan had no option but to respond to Iran’s surprise attack in Balochistan last week, which killed two children and injured three girls. He said that Iran’s action was an “egregious violation” of Pakistan’s sovereignty and international law.

He praised Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Syed Asim Munir for leading Pakistan’s retaliation, which targeted terrorist hideouts inside the Iranian border on January 18. He said that Pakistan’s military operation, codenamed “Marg Bar Sarmachar” (Death to Rebels), eliminated a number of terrorists who were involved in attacks against Iran.

He said that Pakistan’s reaction was supported by the entire nation, despite the prevailing political crisis. He said that Pakistan had always been clear about responding to any aggression from India, but in this case, Pakistan had no border conflict with Iran. He said that the whole world was watching how Pakistan would react to such violations.

He said that he deliberately avoided releasing a statement after Iran’s attack, as he wanted Pakistan’s next response to be its true expression. He said that he still could not find a logical reason behind Iran’s move, as there were active communication channels between the two countries.

He reiterated that Pakistan had defended its territory and citizens from Iran’s attack, while Pakistan had only targeted miscreants in its counter-strike. He urged both countries to activate all intelligence and military channels to further stabilise the Pak-Iran border situation.

He said that the situation was now returning to normalcy after Islamabad and Tehran mutually agreed that ambassadors of both countries would return to their respective posts by January 26. He also welcomed the upcoming visit of Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian to Pakistan on January 29, at the invitation of caretaker Foreign Minister Jalil Abbas Jilani.

He expressed hope that the two countries would resolve their differences through dialogue and cooperation, and strengthen their bilateral relations. He said that Pakistan and Iran had many common interests and challenges, and they needed to work together for peace and stability in the region.

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