Pakistan has requested that Iran look into the cross-border terrorist incident in the Balochistan province of Panjgur and prosecute those responsibly.
At her weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, Foreign Office (FO) Spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch stated that the terrorists utilized Iranian soil to strike a convoy of security forces patrolling along the Pakistan-Iran border. She stated that Pakistan pledges that its land won’t be used to launch cross-border strikes in Iran and that we expect Iran to do the same.
Baloch noted that there are open lines of communication and that Pakistan has voiced its worries about the strike to Iranian authorities.
On Wednesday, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) announced that a terrorist strike from “Iranian soil” claimed the lives of four security personnel.
A culture of harmony with all neighbors
In response to a query, the FO spokeswoman stated that Pakistan wishes for peaceful coexistence with all of its neighbors, including India, and that this includes resolving the Kashmir dispute through negotiation. However, she continued, India’s unrelenting animosity and regressive actions have poisoned the atmosphere and hampered efforts to achieve peace and cooperation.
She added that the reversal of India’s illegal and unilateral measures of August 5, 2019, in the illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir is essential for the start of the discussion and that it is still India’s responsibility to provide favorable conditions for substantive negotiations. She added if the international community could urge India to take such action, Pakistan would appreciate it.
Visit of FM Bilawal to Uzbekistan
The FO spokesperson also announced that Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the foreign minister, will go to Tashkent, Uzbekistan, on January 25 to attend the 26th meeting of the Economic Cooperation Organization’s Council of Ministers.
She stated that on the sidelines of the meeting, the foreign minister will speak on the subject and undertake private consultations with the participating ministries and other dignitaries.