Border Violence in Baluchistan Tests Iran-Pakistan Relations

Border Violence in Baluchistan Tests Iran-Pakistan Relations
Iranian soldiers, center in white, are welcomed by local officials and armed forces at the border with Pakistan in Zahedan, Iran, April 6, 2014 (AP photo/Islamic Republic News Agency, IRNA).

Tensions between Iran and Pakistan rose last month after Sunni militant insurgents that Iran claims are based in Pakistan conducted a series of attacks on Iranian government installations and personnel in the restive, impoverished border province of Sistan-Baluchistan. In response, Tehran threatened cross-border raids in Pakistan if Islamabad failed to act against militants targeting Iran, and then followed through, killing one Pakistani paramilitary officer on Oct. 17. Flare-ups along the Iran-Pakistan border, which spans the ethnic area of Baluchistan, are not new, and when they happen, both Tehran and Islamabad often work quickly to de-escalate. And so Iranian and Pakistani […]

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