Islamabad, Jan 18: The Pakistani military conducted a series of “highly co-ordinated” retaliatory strikes inside Iran, news agencies reported, quoting Pakistan’s foreign ministry.
The strikes came two days after Iran’s missile and drone strikes targeting terrorists in Pakistan’s Balochistan province.
As per the ministry statement, Pakistan carried out a series of “highly co-ordinated” military strikes in the Siestan-o-Baluchistan province of Iran.
“A number of terrorists were killed during the Intelligence-based operation,” the ministry said, as per Reuters.
Iranian media said that 4 children, all non-Iranians, were killed after several missiles hit a village in the Sistan-Baluchistan province that borders Pakistan, the report added.
Iran’s strikes had triggered a downgrading of ties between the two nations, with Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch saying that the country reserved the right to retaliate against the attack. Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Jalil Abbas Jilani has also told his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir Abdollahian that the attack had seriously damaged the ties between the two nations.
“Pakistan has decided to recall its ambassador from Iran and that the Iranian ambassador to Pakistan who is currently visiting Iran may not return for the time being,” she said, as per a report in the Pakistani daily Dawn.
The Iranian strikes on Tuesday night had reportedly targeted two bases of the Balochi militant group Jaish al Adl in Pakistan’s border town of Panjgur in Balochistan province.