Pakistan has confirmed it conducted strikes inside Iran today, targeting separatist Baloch militants, two days after Tehran said it had attacked the bases of another group within Pakistani territory.
In a statement by Pakistani foreign ministry spokesman, Mumtaz Zahra Baloch in a statement today said, a number of terrorists were killed during the intelligence-based operation, describing it as a series of highly coordinated and specifically targeted precision military strikes against terrorist hideouts.
She also stated that Pakistan fully respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Islamic republic of Iran, insisting that the act was in pursuit of Pakistan’s own security and national interest, which is paramount and cannot be compromised.
Iranian media said several missiles hit a village in the Sistan-Baluchestan province that borders Pakistan, killing at least nine people.
The neighbours have had rocky ties in the past, but the strikes are the highest-profile cross-border intrusions in recent years and come amid growing worries about instability in the middle east since the war between Israel and Hamas started on october 7.