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Following the Iranian strikes in Balochistan, the government took an extraordinary step by recalling its ambassador and expelling the Iranian ambassador. While this move might be deemed extreme in diplomatic terms, it is justified by international laws that consider border violations and attacks on another country as serious breaches.
In response to the Iranian missile strike on Panjgur city in Balochistan, Pakistan severed diplomatic ties with Iran, marking the first instance of such a rupture in Pakistan-Iran relations. Pakistan’s reaction began with summoning Iran’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs to register a protest. The Pakistani ambassador in Tehran also conveyed the government’s protest before the decision to recall the ambassador from Iran and expel the Iranian ambassador from Pakistan.
This attack has severely damaged the trust, goodwill, and historical ties between Pakistan and Iran. Iran’s unprovoked military action not only violates international law and the UN Charter but also undermines the longstanding positive relationship between the two nations.
Looking closely at the situation, Iran had previously made demands on Pakistan, which were not accorded due importance. With existing strained relations with other neighbors, the deterioration of diplomatic ties with Iran could lead to serious consequences. In diplomatic terms, such consequences indicate potential degradation of bilateral relations if immediate efforts are not made to address the issue.
Considering the heightened internal pressure on Iran’s ideological leadership amid conflicts in the Middle East, Pakistan has various options at its disposal, including diplomatic, political, legal, and defense measures. Severing diplomatic ties was one option exercised, and others may follow.
It is crucial to note that Iran already has strained relations with the US, Israel, and their allies. Despite recent efforts by China to establish diplomatic ties between Iran and Saudi Arabia, the missile attack on Pakistan has strained Pak-Iran relations.
The enemies of Iran are seizing this opportunity to escalate tensions, posing a threat to both nations. Pakistan must navigate this situation cautiously to avoid falling into a deeper crisis.
The attack highlights a lack of trust between the two countries, emphasizing the need to rebuild and reinforce this trust promptly. Iran, being a neighbor and brotherly nation, should have resorted to diplomatic channels to address any issues rather than resorting to military actions. The leadership of both countries should work wisely to find a solution, easing tensions and preventing further escalation.