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Iran’s surgical strike: the beginning of a bumpy road ahead for Pakistan?

Iran Revolutionary Guard
Pic Courtesy: Iran Press/ Iran News

First, it was America which carried out surgical strike in Pakistan when seal commandos went deep inside Pakistan in two helicopters and killed Osama Bin Laden whom Pakistan was hiding in the Abbottabad military township in 2012.

Then India carried out two surgical strikes on Pakistan first by Army and then second by Air Force after Prime Minister Modi took over in 2014.

Now Iran has carried out surgical strike in Western Pakistan on Tuesday night (2 Feb 2021) killing eight Pakistani soldiers as members of Jaishe Adil a terror organization supported by Pakistani Army and used by ISI to kill the Baluch people. Pakistan which is very tight-lipped about this surgical strike and has spoken nothing on this issue till date, however, Iran Revolutionary guard has held a press Conference and has let out the secret.

Since 1978, when the revolution started in Iran, America went all out to support Pakistan this annoyed Iran and it has been a roller-coaster relationship with Pakistan as also America since then. Even though both Pakistan and Iran are Muslim countries there is a big difference between them. Iran is a Shia country while Pakistan is a Sunni country and there is irreconciled differences between Shia and Sunnis since the time of Prophet Mohammad.

Pakistan read Pakistani Army and ISI have been using Jaishe Adil a terror organisation to carry out raids in Eastern Iran. It must be noted that initially in Pakistan the ire fell on Hindu and Sikhs who were 14-17 % in Pakistan. After forcing them to run away to India or converting them Pakistan’s sword fell on Shias and Ahmadis in Pakistan.

Pakistani maulanas declared that Ahmadis are non-Muslims and Shias too have been in the news because of atrocities committed by the Sunni terror organisations against them.

In Oct 2018 Jaishe Adil captured 12 Iran Revolutionary Guard soldiers and they were brought to Pakistan. In the last 2.5 years, the Pakistani Army in trickles had released 10 of these Iranian soldiers but had kept two of them with them.

Finally, in the latest surgical strike on 02 Feb Iranian revolutionary guard apart from damage inflicted to Pakistani Army and Jiashe Adil have taken back the two revolutionary guard soldiers. This is a big slap on the face of the Pakistani Army and Pakistan. 

Jaishe Adil, Pakistani Army and ISI are now running like headless chicken not knowing what to do? Surgical Strikes by America and even India was tolerated because all said and done, they were large countries and nuclear-capable but this surgical strike by Iran a non-nuclear country on Pakistan who keeps on boasting of its nuclear power is a catastrophe to Pakistan. Pakistan has to do something? But what? Pakistan is passing through worst of economic crisis, Saudi Arabia and UAE the main benefactor of Pakistan is annoyed with Pakistan, the US is keeping a distance from Pakistan, China has promised 400 billion

Brig Arun Bajpai
Brig Arun Bajpai
Defence and Strategic Analyst

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