Islamabad condemns terrorist attack killing 9 Pakistanis in Iran
ISLAMABAD: (Suno News) Pakistan on Saturday unequivocally condemned a terrorist incident killing at nine Pakistani nationals in Iran, and termed it “a horrifying and despicable incident”.
As per international media reports, at least nine foreign nationals have been killed in the terrorist attack.
In a statement, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) Spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch said, “It is a horrifying and despicable incident and we condemn it unequivocally. We are in touch with Iranian authorities and have underscored the need to immediately investigate the incident and hold to account those involved in this heinous crime.”
He added in the statement, “Moreover, our Consul in Zahedan is on way to the hospital where injured people are being treated and will reach there in a few hours due to long distances and security imperatives involved. He will also meet local authorities, and among other things, impress upon them the urgent need for strong action against the perpetrators of this crime.”
He maintained, “We are fully seized of this grave matter and are taking all neccessary measures in this regard. The embassy will do its best to repatriate dead bodies at the earliest.”
“Such cowardly attacks cannot deter Pakistan from its determination to fight terrorism,” the statement concluded.
Quoting Iranian media, AFP reported that gunmen in Iran’s southeast near the Pakistan border killed nine foreign nationals Saturday, more than a week after the neighbours exchanged deadly cross-border fire.
“According to witnesses, this morning unknown armed men killed nine non-Iranians in a house in the Sirkan neighbourhood of Saravan city” in Sistan-Baluchistan province, the Mehr news agency reported.
So far, no group or individuals had claimed responsibility, the agency added.
The deadly attack follows rare military action in the porous border region of Baluchistan — split between the two nations — that had stoked regional tensions already inflamed by the Israel-Hamas war.
On January 18, Pakistan launched air strikes on “militant targets” in Iran, two days after Iran had launched strikes on its territory.
Tehran said it had targeted Jaish al-Adl, a jihadist group which has carried out a spate of deadly attacks in Iran in recent months.