Pakistan’s ambassador is called back as Iran’s missile attack claims the lives of two young children.

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Officials in Pakistan reported that on Tuesday, a missile strike from Iran resulted in the death of two children and the injury of three women. According to Iran’s foreign minister, the strikes targeted militants in a district near the Pakistan-Iran border.

In response to the “blatant breach” of its sovereignty, Pakistan has recalled its ambassador from Iran.

State media in Iran stated that the missiles struck two bases belonging to Jaish al-Adl, a Sunni Muslim group that aims to establish an independent Baluchistan in ethnic Baluch areas of Afghanistan, Iran, and Pakistan. Jaish al-Adl has previously carried out attacks on Iranian security forces in the border area with Pakistan.

While attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian claimed that only militants were targeted and alleged their connection to Israel.

A Pakistani intelligence report revealed that the two children killed were a six-year-old girl and an 11-month-old boy. Three women, aged between 28 and 35, were injured. The report also mentioned the launch of three or four drones from Iran, which struck a mosque, a house, and other buildings.

Pakistani foreign ministry spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch condemned the unprovoked and unacceptable violation, affirming Pakistan’s right to respond to the illegal act. The message has been conveyed to the Iranian government, she added.

The attacks occurred a day after similar strikes were carried out by Iran in Iraq and Syria. As a result, Baghdad recalled its ambassador from Tehran.

Baloch stated that Iran’s ambassador, currently visiting his home country, would not be allowed to return. Furthermore, a joint border trade committee meeting was canceled, and a Pakistani trade delegation was recalled from Chabahar in Iran.

Michael Kugelman, director of the Wilson Center’s South Asia Institute, suggested that further escalation is possible, but Islamabad has strong incentives to exercise caution. He also mentioned the potential role of China in mediating the crisis due to its close ties with both Iran and Pakistan.

Officials in Balochistan, Pakistan’s southwestern province bordering Iran, confirmed that four missiles had hit the Panjgur district near the border. Videos shared by the Baluch activist group HalVash showed a burning building and the bodies of two charred young girls.

Jaish al-Adl has claimed responsibility for various attacks on Iranian security forces in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan.

Iran’s Amirabdollahian had a phone call with his Pakistani counterpart Jalil Abbas Jilani, expressing Tehran’s respect for Pakistan’s sovereignty and calling for stronger security cooperation between the two countries.

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