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Pakistan Strikes Back: Tensions Escalate with Iran in Wake of Airstrikes

Seven Killed, Including Three Women, in Retaliatory Airstrike by Pakistan

January 18, 2024: In a dramatic turn of events, Pakistan has responded to Iran’s recent airstrikes in its Balochistan region, further intensifying the already strained relations between the two nations. The retaliatory attack by Pakistan has resulted in seven casualties, including three women, according to reports from local media sources.

On Tuesday, Iran conducted airstrikes in Pakistan’s Balochistan region, leading to the tragic death of two boys and injuries to three girls. This move sparked immediate protests from Pakistan, accompanied by a stern warning to Iran about the severe consequences of such actions. In response to the escalating tensions, Pakistan recalled its ambassador from Iran and cautioned Iranian ambassadors against returning to Pakistan.

Today, Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry confirmed the country’s retaliatory strike on Iran. The ministry stated that the attack targeted several terrorist bases within Iran, resulting in the destruction of these facilities. The operation, codenamed ‘Marg Bar Sarmachar,’ was specifically aimed at eradicating the bases of the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) terrorist organization.

The attacks were concentrated in Iran’s Sistan-O-Baluchistan province, with Pakistan asserting that it successfully eliminated multiple terrorist bases. The Foreign Ministry of Pakistan reported that a significant number of terrorists lost their lives in the operation, marking a decisive response to the Iranian airstrikes.

In the midst of the rising tensions, China, a key ally to both Pakistan and Iran, had attempted to mediate between the two nations. However, Pakistan’s swift retaliatory action has rendered China’s efforts futile. Despite China’s diplomatic initiatives, Pakistan proceeded with its military operation, exacerbating the already delicate situation.

As of now, Iran has not officially commented on the retaliatory attack by Pakistan. Nevertheless, the incident is expected to further strain the relations between the two neighboring countries, heightening concerns about the possibility of an all-out war in the region. China’s mediation efforts, which initially aimed at de-escalating tensions, now appear to have fallen short in preventing a military response from Pakistan.

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