Pakistan-Iran attacks updates | Death toll in Pakistan strikes on Iran rises to nine

Iran, faced with growing internal and external security challenges as West Asia is engulfed in a widening crisis, moved to strike its enemies in neighbouring countries

January 18, 2024 01:07 pm | Updated 07:23 pm IST

Members of Muslim Talba Mahaz Pakistan chant slogans at a demonstration to condemn Iran strike in the Pakistani border area, in Islamabad, Pakistan, on Jan. 18, 2024.

Members of Muslim Talba Mahaz Pakistan chant slogans at a demonstration to condemn Iran strike in the Pakistani border area, in Islamabad, Pakistan, on Jan. 18, 2024. | Photo Credit: AP

Nuclear-armed Pakistan and neighbouring Iran are both battling simmering insurgencies along their sparsely populated border regions. Pakistan on January 18 conducted “precision military strikes” against what it called “terrorist hideouts” in Iran’s Siestan-Balochistan province that killed nine people, a day after Islamabad recalled its ambassador from Tehran in the wake of Iranian missile and drone strikes in Balochistan. 

Iran’s attack and Pakistan’s retaliatory strikes have raised tensions in the volatile region, already roiled by Israel’s war on Hamas in the Gaza Strip and the targeting of the merchant ships in the Red Sea by Yemen’s Houthis.

Earlier, Pakistan recalled its ambassador to Iran and suspended all planned high-level bilateral visits, hours after Tehran launched unprecedented missile and drone strikes on what it said were directed at the bases of a terrorist group in the restive Balochistan province.

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  • January 18, 2024 18:35
    Russia calls on Iran and Pakistan to show ‘maximum restraint’, embrace diplomacy

    Russia’s foreign ministry on Thursday called on Iran and Pakistan to show maximum restraint and solve their differences through diplomacy or risk playing into the hands of those who would like to see the region descend into chaos. 

    Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova in a statement noted that the two countries are part of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), a grouping that Russia helped found.

    “It is regrettable that this is happening between friendly SCO countries, with which we are developing partnership relations. Further aggravation of the situation plays into the hands of those who are not interested in peace, stability and security in the region,” said Zakharova.

    Any anti-terrorist operation on another country’s sovereign territory had to be carried out in agreement and coordination with the authorities of that country, she said. - Reuters

  • January 18, 2024 18:04
    Pakistan’s caretaker PM to return

    Pakistan’s caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul-Haq-Kakar, who is in Switzerland to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, cut his trip short to return home.

    A deputy governor of Iran’s Sistan and Baluchestan province, Ali Reza Marhamati, gave the casualty figures from Thursday’s strike, saying the dead included three women, four children and two men near the town of Saravan along the border in Iran’s Sistan and Baluchestan province. He added that the dead were not Iranian citizens. - AP

  • January 18, 2024 17:47
    Military strikes highly coordinated: Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry

    Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry described their attack Thursday as “a series of highly coordinated and specifically targeted precision military strikes.”

    “This morning’s action was taken in light of credible intelligence of impending large scale terrorist activities,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. “This action is a manifestation of Pakistan’s unflinching resolve to protect and defend its national security against all threats.”

    Pakistan’s military described using “killer drones, rockets, loitering munitions and standoff weapons” in the attack. Stand-off weapons are missiles fired from aircraft at a distance — likely meaning Pakistan’s fighter jets didn’t enter Iranian airspace. - AP

  • January 18, 2024 15:40
    Turkiye calls on Iran, Iraq and Pakistan to show restraint

    Turkiye’s Foreign Ministry called for Iran, Iraq and Pakistan to show restraint and common sense after an escalation of tensions in the region, most recently with Pakistan conducting strikes inside Iran.

    “We believe the problems should be resolved with an understanding of friendship and brotherhood, based on mutual respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the countries,” the Ministry said in a statement.


  • January 18, 2024 15:16
    Pakistan Army says it used drones, rockets to hit militant groups in Iran

    Pakistan military said it used multiple weapons, including killer drones, to carry out effective strikes against hideouts inside Iran used by militants of two leading Baloch terrorist groups responsible for recent attacks in the country.

    “The precision strikes were carried out using killer drones, rockets, loitering munitions and stand-off weapons. Maximum care was taken to avoid collateral damage,” according to a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the military’s media wing.

    It said that “hideouts used by terrorist organisations namely Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) and Balochistan Liberation Front (BLF) were successfully struck in an intelligence-based operation codenamed ‘Marg Bar Sarmachar’.” The targeted hideouts were being used by notorious terrorists including Dosta alias Chairman, Bajjar alias Soghat, Sahil alias Shafaq, Asghar alias Basham and Wazir alias Wazi, amongst others, it said.


  • January 18, 2024 14:20
    Anymore “misadventure” from Iran will be met forcefully: Pakistan security source

    Pakistan’s military is on “extremely” high alert and anymore “misadventure” from the Iranian side will be met forcefully, a top Pakistani security source said, amid escalating tensions between the neighbours.


  • January 18, 2024 13:41
    Death toll in Pakistan strikes on Iran rises to nine: state media

    The death toll from Pakistan strikes on a border region in Iran’s southeast rose to nine, state media reported, up from seven earlier.

    “Two men were also killed in the missile attack this morning in one of the border villages of Saravan, bringing the death toll to nine,” the official IRNA news agency said quoting Alireza Marhamati, deputy provincial governor of Iran’s Sistan-Baluchistan province.


    A man looks at a television screen after the Pakistani foreign ministry said the country conducted strikes inside Iran targeting separatist militants, two days after Tehran said it attacked Israel-linked militant bases inside Pakistani territory, in Karachi, Pakistan on January 18, 2024.

  • January 18, 2024 13:11
    Iran summons Pakistan envoy over strike on border region: local media

    Iran summoned Pakistan’s charge d’affaires following missile strike that hit a border region and killed at least seven people, local media reported.

    “Following the early morning attack by Pakistan on a border village in Sistan Baluchistan province, an hour ago the Pakistani charge d’affaires in Tehran was summoned to the Foreign Ministry for an explanation,” Tasnim news agency said.


  • January 18, 2024 13:08
    Analysis | Why did Iran carry out strikes in three countries?

    People protest the Iranian strikes at the house of Peshraw Dizayi in Irbil, Iraq on January 16, 2024. Dizayi, a prominent Kurdish businessman, was killed in one of the Irbil strikes along with members of his family.

    On December 15, 2023, a police station in Rask in Iran’s Sistan Baluchestan province, roughly 60 km from the Pakistani border, came under attack by a number of gunmen. At least 11 Iranian security personnel were killed in the attack, which was claimed by the Jaish al-Adl (the Army of Justice), a Sunni Islamist group operating in the border region that has been designated as a terror outfit by Tehran. 

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  • January 18, 2024 13:06
    China says willing to mediate between Pakistan and Iran after strikes

    Beijing said it was willing to mediate between Pakistan and Iran following an exchange of fire against militant targets in their border region, including a strike that Tehran said killed at least seven civilians.

    “The Chinese side sincerely hopes that the two sides can exercise calm and restraint and avoid an escalation of tension,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning told a regular press conference.

    “We are also willing to play a constructive role in de-escalating the situation if both sides so wish,” she said.


  • January 18, 2024 13:05
    Pakistan launches retaliatory airstrikes in Iran after Tehran attack, killing at least seven people

    Iran strikes Pakistan - Graphic News.jpg

    Pakistan’s air force launched retaliatory airstrikes in Iran allegedly targeting militant hideouts, an attack that killed at least seven people and further raised tensions between the neighboring nations.

    The strikes in Sistan and Baluchestan province followed Iran’s attack Tuesday on Pakistani soil that killed two children in the southwestern Baluchistan province. The attacks Tuesday and Thursday appeared to target separate Baluch militant groups that the two countries have alleged find safe havens in the other.

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