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Iran Responds To Pakistan’s Strikes On Terror Camps

Iran Responds To Pakistan's Strikes On Terror Camps

Several hours after Pakistan conducted retaliatory missile strikes at seven locations inside Iran, Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement on Thursday evening, denouncing what they termed as “Pakistan’s unbalanced and unacceptable drone attack on non-Iranian villagers on the border of the two countries.”

The statement, available on the ministry’s website, emphasizes Iran’s commitment to good neighborliness and brotherhood between the two nations and governments. Despite condemning the drone attack, Iran expresses a dedication to maintaining amicable and brotherly relations with Pakistan, urging both nations not to let external forces strain their ties.

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Iran underscores the importance of the security of its people and territorial integrity as non-negotiable red lines. The statement urges the Pakistani government to fulfill its obligations in preventing the establishment of bases and the deployment of armed terrorist groups on its soil.

On January 16, 2024, Iran’s Border Taskforce of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Ground Force took preventive action against a terrorist group preparing to infiltrate Iranian territory. The action targeted the terrorist group’s barracks and headquarters in the Sistan and Baluchistan Province, miles away from residential areas. Iran contends that this action was a proportionate response to an imminent terrorist threat against its people.

Iran clarifies its differentiation between the government of Pakistan and armed terrorists, affirming its commitment to good neighborliness. The statement emphasizes that Iran does not allow its enemies and terrorist allies to strain relations, particularly in the face of the challenges posed by the actions of the Zionist regime.

In response to Iran’s missile and drone strikes inside Pakistan’s Balochistan province on January 16, Pakistan retaliated with missile and drone strikes at seven locations inside Iran on January 18. Both sides claimed to have targeted terrorists operating from camps along the Pakistan-Iran border, resulting in casualties.