Pakistan on Wednesday expelled the Iranian ambassador and recalled its envoy from Tehran, as reported by Pakistan’s Geo TV. This move comes after Iran violated Pakistan’s airspace. Earlier, Iran targeted the bases of what it claimed was a terrorist organisation inside Pakistani territory, “Green Mountain,” with drones and missiles and destroyed the headquarters of the said terrorist group, Geo TV reported, citing Iranian state media.
The attack took place a day after similar Iranian strikes in Iraq and Syria. Speaking at a press briefing in Islamabad, Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesperson, Mumtaz Zahra Baloch, said, “Pakistan has decided to recall its ambassador from Iran and that the Iranian Ambassador to Pakistan who is currently visiting Iran may not return for the time being,” as quoted by Geo TV.
Pakistan also summoned the Iranian charge d’affaires to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to convey its “strongest condemnation of this blatant violation” of its sovereignty. The Foreign Office of Pakistan also described Iran’s act as an “unprovoked violation of its airspace” in its statement. According to reports, Iran hit the bases of the militant group with missiles and drones.