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Pakistan-Iran situation: FO spokesperson’s latest media statement
- Web Desk
- Jan 18, 2024
- “Pakistan shared multiple dossiers with Iran containing concrete evidence of the presence and activities of these terrorists”
- “Iran is a brotherly country and the people of Pakistan have great respect and affection for the Iranian people”
ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office (FO) Spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch issued another statement on Pakistan Iran situation. She reiterated the FO’s statement issued earlier in the day saying “Pakistan on Thursday morning carried out a series of “highly coordinated” and “specifically targeted precision” military strikes against terrorist hideouts in Siestan-Balochistan province of Iran, killing a number of terrorists during the Intelligence-based operation – codenamed ‘Marg Bar Sarmachar’.”
She said that over the last several years, in bilateral engagements with Iran, Pakistan had consistently shared its serious concerns about the safe havens and sanctuaries enjoyed by Pakistani-origin terrorists calling themselves Sarmachars on the ungoverned spaces inside Iran.
Pakistan also shared multiple dossiers with concrete evidence of the presence and activities of these terrorists, she added.
“However, because of a lack of action on our serious concerns, these so-called Sarmachars continued to spill the blood of innocent Pakistanis with impunity. This morning’s action was taken in light of credible intelligence of impending large-scale terrorist activities by these so-called Sarmachars,” the spokesperson remarked.
She said the action was a manifestation of Pakistan’s unflinching resolve to protect and defend its national security against all threats.
Baloch said that the successful execution of the said “highly complex operation” was also a testimony to the professionalism of the Pakistan Armed Forces. Pakistan will continue to take all necessary steps to preserve the safety and security of its people which is sacrosanct, inviolable and sacred.
She reiterated that Pakistan fully respected the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The sole objective of today’s act was in pursuit of Pakistan’s own security and national interest which is paramount and cannot be compromised, she added.
She said that as a responsible member of the international community, Pakistan upheld the principles and purposes of the UN Charter including territorial integrity and sovereignty of member states.
The spokesperson said that guided by the said principles, and in exercise of the legitimate rights within international law, Pakistan would never allow its sovereignty and territorial integrity to be challenged, under any pretext or circumstances.
“Iran is a brotherly country and the people of Pakistan have great respect and affection for the Iranian people. We have always emphasised dialogue and cooperation in confronting common challenges including the menace of terrorism and will continue to endeavour to find joint solutions,” the spokesperson added.