At least nine Pakistani nationals were tragically killed, and three others sustained critical injuries in an attack on a vehicle repair shop in the Sirkan area of Saravan City in Iran's Sistan-Baluchistan Province. The victims were reported to be from districts including Multan, Muzaffaragarh, and Bahawalpur.
The armed assailants responsible for the attack have not been identified as of now. The incident adds to recent tensions between Pakistan and Iran, triggered by a series of events. On January 16, Iran conducted missile and drone strikes within Pakistan's Balochistan province, ostensibly targeting the terrorist group Jaish ul-Adl. In response, Pakistan condemned the "violation of its airspace" and recalled its Ambassador from Iran.
Pakistan's Ambassador to Iran, Muhammad Mudassir Tipu, confirmed the tragic incident and called on Iran to provide full cooperation. Ambassador Tipu expressed deep shock over the killings and assured that the Embassy would extend support to the bereaved families. He also mentioned that a counselor from Zahidan is en route to the incident site and the hospital where the injured are receiving treatment.
The situation underscores the importance of diplomatic efforts to address and de-escalate tensions in the region. Authorities from both countries will likely investigate the incident to determine the perpetrators and the motives behind the attack.
(With Agency Inputs)