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Iran-Pakistan conflict: Why India remains silent on Pakistan’s retaliatory strike on Iran

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In response to Iran’s recent air strikes in Pakistan, India has chosen a diplomatic path by refraining from direct comments on Islamabad’s subsequent actions. The Indian government’s muted response underscores its belief that Iran’s targeted strike against the Balochi terror group, Jaish al Adl, aligns with India’s persistent stance on the menace of cross-border terrorism sponsored by Pakistan.

India’s Anti-Terror Position

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) issued a press release clarifying India’s position on terrorism, with a spokesperson stating, “We will not be commenting on the Pakistan-Iran matter.” This statement follows the government’s recent affirmation of its zero-tolerance policy towards terrorism, expressing understanding for nations resorting to self-defense measures.

Historical Alignments

India’s tacit support for Iran’s actions mirrors its own anti-terror operations on Pakistani soil in 2016 and 2019. These operations responded to attacks on Indian forces by UN Security Council-proscribed terror outfits. The parallel response to Iran’s mission to rescue abducted soldiers underscores a shared concern over the challenges posed by cross-border terrorism.

Consistent Foreign Policy FocusCross-border terrorism, particularly as employed by Pakistani authorities, remains a constant focal point in Indian foreign policy. The government underscores the urgency of collective efforts to counteract this persistent threat.Collaboration Against Terrorism

India and Iran share a significant area of cooperation in counter-terrorism efforts. Despite maintaining strong security ties with Israel, which views Iran as a primary source of international terrorism, India values Iran’s role in fostering peace in Afghanistan. The recent hope is that Iran’s actions will draw global attention to the ongoing activities of groups like Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), operating from Pakistan and maintaining a presence in Afghanistan.

Bilateral Standstill with Pakistan

India’s eight-year hiatus from bilateral engagement with Pakistan is rooted in Pakistan’s reluctance to take decisive action against UN-banned terror groups and their leaders. The presence and activities of such groups have served as a substantial barrier to diplomatic dialogue between the two nations.

India’s nuanced response to the Iran-Pakistan tensions signifies its commitment to combating cross-border terrorism and its aspiration for increased global awareness regarding designated terror outfits in the region. The carefully crafted diplomatic stance reflects the intricacies surrounding regional security dynamics.

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