Unknown gunmen killed nine Pakistani workers in the border area of Saravan, in Sistan and Baluchistan, Iran, and wounded several others.
According to Iran’s human rights department, these nine Pakistani citizens, engaged in labor in Sirkan city for fifteen years, lived together in one room near a car workshop. The department reported that the assailants entered their residence in the Motor Sazi Gargah area of Sirkan and opened fire, killing nine and seriously injuring three others.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Jalil Abbas Jilani described the attack as “tragic,” suggesting it was an attempt by the “common enemies” of Iran and Pakistan to disrupt Tehran-Islamabad relations.
Pakistan’s Ambassador to Iran, Mohammad Mudassir Tipu, also condemned the incident. “I was deeply shocked by this incident. This is a horrible and hateful incident, and we condemn it completely,” he said.
Mumtaz Zahra Baloch, spokesperson for Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, emphasized the need for a swift investigation. “We are in contact with the Iranian authorities and have emphasized the need for an immediate investigation into this incident and to hold the perpetrators accountable,” she said.
Nasser Kanani, spokesperson for Iran’s Foreign Ministry, also condemned the attack. “Iran sympathizes with the government of Pakistan and the families of the victims. Iran and Pakistan will not allow enemies to harm the brotherly relations between the two countries,” he said.