ISLAMABAD – Pakistan recalled its ambassador from Iran on Wednesday after Tehran violated its airspace in a ‘blatant breach’ of its sovereignty, said Foreign Office spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch.
She said the Iranian ambassador to Pakistan has also been asked to leave the country as the unprovoked airstrikes heightened tensions between the neighbouring countries.
She said that all high-level visits between the two sides have been suspended following the violation of its airspace by Iran on Tuesday night.
Iranian officials claimed that they had targeted an Iranian militant group while the Pakistan side said that two innocent civilians were killed in the attack.
“We have conveyed this message to the Iranian Government. We have also informed them that 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,” the spokesperson remarked.
She said that the unprovoked and blatant breach of Pakistan’s sovereignty by Iran was a violation of international law and the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations.
“Pakistan reserves the right to respond to this illegal act. The responsibility for the consequences will lie squarely with Iran,” she said.