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Iran and Pakistan Fighting: Outcome on India

Islamabad and Tehran have sought to de-escalate tensions after Pakistan launched retaliatory strikes inside Iran

The tension between Iran and Pakistan has deepened concerns about stability in the Middle East. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed deep concern on January 19, 2024, regarding the exchange of military attacks between Iran and Pakistan. He urged both countries to exercise maximum restraint to prevent further escalation of tensions.

There is a growing fear of conflict between Pakistan and Iran as both countries have initiated airstrikes on each other’s territories and claimed to target terrorist positions.

While Iran launched military strikes in Baluchistan targeting the Jaish al-Adl terrorist group, escalating tensions between the two nations, Pakistan conducted “precision military strikes” against “terrorist hideouts” in Iran’s Sistan-Baluchistan province. Islamabad and Tehran are seeking to de-escalate tensions.

According to reports from The Express Tribune, officials and political sources stated that efforts have been made by both Islamabad and Tehran to reduce tension after Pakistan initiated retaliatory strikes inside Iran on Thursday. A threat of full-scale conflict between the two neighbours has been issued.

After conducting missile strikes, Pakistan sent a message of reconciliation to Iran, stating no interest in further escalating tensions. According to a Reuters report, the triggering event was a bomb explosion on January 3, in memory of the killed commander Qassem Soleimani, in the southeastern Iranian city of Kerman. Nearly 100 people were killed in the blast during a ceremony, commemorating Soleimani, who was killed by a U.S. drone in 2020.

Tehran vowed revenge against the Sunni Muslim extremist group, the Islamic State, responsible for the bombing. A senior Iranian security official revealed that Iran provided evidence to Pakistan connecting Jaish al-Adl to the Kerman attack and urged Pakistan to take action against the group.

Any incident or mishap between Pakistan and Iran will worsen the situation in the Middle East and impact India’s relations with Middle Eastern and Central Asian countries.

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