Pakistan removes Iranian ambassador following airstrike

Following Iran’s breach of Pakistani airspace, Islamabad announced on Wednesday the expulsion of the Iranian ambassador and the recall of its own envoy from Tehran. Foreign Office spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch stated during a press briefing in Islamabad that this decision was made in response to Iran’s targeting of the bases of Jaish al-Adl (Army of Justice) inside Pakistani territory, resulting in casualties on the Pakistani side. The move was deemed an “unprovoked and blatant” violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty, leading to the suspension of high-level visits between the two countries. Despite Iran’s claim of targeting Iranian terrorists in Balochistan, Pakistan condemned the action as unacceptable and a breach of international law. The situation has drawn reactions from the international community, with both the United States and Iraq expressing concern, and China urging restraint to avoid escalation.

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