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India has an uncompromising position of zero tolerance towards terrorism, understands actions that countries take in their self-defence, says the Ministry of External Affairs.

A car leaves the district headquarters hospital in Panjgur town of Balochistan province on January 17, where victims of an Iranian air strike were moved earlier this morning. Pakistan recalled its ambassador from Iran and blocked Tehran's envoy from returning to Islamabad after an Iranian air strike killed two children in the west of the country on January 16. (Photo by Banaras KHAN / AFP) (AFP)Premium
A car leaves the district headquarters hospital in Panjgur town of Balochistan province on January 17, where victims of an Iranian air strike were moved earlier this morning. Pakistan recalled its ambassador from Iran and blocked Tehran's envoy from returning to Islamabad after an Iranian air strike killed two children in the west of the country on January 16. (Photo by Banaras KHAN / AFP) (AFP)

With Pakistan condemning 'unprovoked violation of its airspace' and warning of 'consequences', following Iran's attacks on Jaish al-Adl terrorist group bases in Balochistan, India on January 17 issued an official response saying that this is a matter between Iran and Pakistan.

The Ministry of External Affairs said India has an uncompromising position of zero tolerance towards terrorism and understands actions that countries take in their self-defence.

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"This is a matter between Iran and Pakistan. Insofar as India is concerned, we have an uncompromising position of zero tolerance towards terrorism. We understand actions that countries take in their self-defence," MEA official spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal said.

On January 16, the Iranian air strike killed two children in Balochistan.

Iran's foreign minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, while justifying the air strikes on Pakistani soil, said that it was a response to the Jaish al-Adl group's recent deadly attacks on the city of Rask.

He said on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, “None of the nationals of the friendly and brotherly country of Pakistan were targeted by Iranian missiles and drones", adding, “The so-called Jaish al-Adl group, which is an Iranian terrorist group, was targeted."

The strike in Pakistan came after Iran also launched attacks in Iraq and Syria against "anti-Iranian terrorist groups".

"The group has taken shelter in some parts of Pakistan's Balochistan province," he said, adding that "we've talked with Pakistani officials several times on this matter".

Iran's foreign minister asserted that Tehran respected the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Pakistan but would not "allow the country's national security to be compromised or played with".

What Pakistan had said

Condemning the strikes, Pakistani caretaker PM Anwar-ul-Haq Kakar met Hossein Amir-Abdollahian on the sidelines of Davos.

Expressing its ‘strongest condemnation’, Pakistan has called upon the Iranian charge d'affaires to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Describing Iran's attack as an "unprovoked violation of its airspace", Pakistan said it “vehemently protest the violation of its sovereignty. It is completely unacceptable and it may have serious consequences".

“Pakistan has always said terrorism is a common threat to all countries in the region that requires coordinated action. Such unilateral acts are not in conformity with good neighbourly relations and can seriously undermine bilateral trust and confidence," it said in a statement.

While the Foreign Office of Pakistan did not mention the location where the casualties took place, it is being reported that the bases were in Balochistan and one of the largest headquarters of the terror group has been targeted.

With agency inputs. 

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Published: 17 Jan 2024, 10:19 PM IST
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