Biden Highlights Regional Disapproval Of Iran Post Pakistan Airstrikes
US President Joe Biden has condemned Iran’s recent strike on Pakistan, emphasizing that the tensions between the two nations underscore Iran’s lack of popularity in the region. After Iran violated Pakistan’s sovereignty with a strike in Balochistan, resulting in casualties, Pakistan responded with targeted strikes on terrorist hideouts within Iran.
The Pakistan Army’s operation, codenamed “Marg Bar Sarmachar,” successfully targeted hideouts used by militant organizations like the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) and Balochistan Liberation Front (BLF) through precise strikes employing various weapons.
President Biden commented on the clashes, stating, “Iran is not particularly well-liked in the region, and where that goes, we’re working on now. I don’t know where that goes.”
The United States, engaged in a standoff with Iran over its support for Houthi rebels in Yemen, monitoring the Iran-Pakistan clashes closely, seeks to prevent further escalation in South and Central Asia. White House national security spokesperson John Kirby characterized the attack on Pakistan as another instance of Iran’s destabilizing behavior in the region.
UN Chief Antonio Guterres expressed concern over the military exchanges between Iran and Pakistan, urging both nations to exercise maximum restraint to avoid an escalation of tensions. Pakistan’s foreign ministry described the retaliatory strikes as highly coordinated and specifically targeted precision military operations against terrorist hideouts in Sistan-Baluchistan. Investigations are underway to determine the presence of Pakistanis in the affected Iranian village where all casualties occurred.