Iranian border guards fire mortar shells into Pakistan

Published: October 18, 2014
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Iran border guards. PHOTO: AFP

Iran border guards. PHOTO: AFP

QUETTA: Iranian border guards violated the Pak-Iran border for the third consecutive day on Saturday, firing three mortar shells into a remote area of Mashkail, a town in Washuk district.

However, no loss of life or property was reported in the attack.

The attack came a few hours after Pakistan announced that it would protest with Iran against the border violation on Friday, which killed a Pakistani soldier and wounded three others.

“There were three back-to-back explosions near a bordering area inside Pakistan. We found three mortar shells exploded in an open area close to the Iranian border,” a senior official in Washuk District told The Express Tribune.

“My family woke up to the sound of three explosions at 1:00am,” Dad Mohammed, a resident of Mashkhail, told The Express Tribune. “It was like there is a bombing in our town. Children were terrified,” he said, adding, “Once a week or month, Iranian border guards fire rockets which wake us up in the middle of the night.

Dad Mohammed further claim that Iranian mortar shelling has become a norm for the past many years.

This marks the third border violation during the past two days. Earlier, Iranian forces killed a Pakistan soldier and wounded three other personnel in the Mand area of Gwadar district in Balochistan. The very next day, more than 30 Iranian troops trespassed two kilometres into Pakistan from Zero Point, a bordering town with Iran, and raided a house.

According to official sources in Iran, Iranian security guards have decided to chase and hit their targets in Pakistan since they believe Pakistani security forces have failed to do so. Iran accused Pakistani residents of drug trafficking in the bordering area.

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  • Saleem
    Oct 18, 2014 - 3:01PM

    If the albakistani army does not control its jihadi brigade funded by saudi then others will.

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  • Timorlane
    Oct 18, 2014 - 3:56PM

    Our Iranian “brothers” attacking us and killing us in harmony with India.Recommend

  • hellboy
    Oct 18, 2014 - 4:19PM

    Why Pakistan has problem and mortar shelling from three sides from Afghan,Indian,Iranian side
    .Its time to introspect of strategic asset policy for Pakistan other wise Pakistan as usual will be in isolation in the region.Recommend

  • Chachoo
    Oct 18, 2014 - 5:54PM

    @hellboy:
    @Saleem: Too many Indian and Afghan trolls on ET and infact on all Pakistani English news websites. Carry on. The silent majority of Pakistan even dont care for the trolls like you.

    A Note to Express Tribune:: Other than some monetary benefits if you will focus on National interests as well then it would be great. Already you have lost a great deal of viewership in Pakistan owing to the approval of Anti Pakistan comments and i am afraid in the coming months it will be a playground from Neighboring country trolls and no Pakistani will ever read from these news channels at all.

    Kindly remember Seculaism does not mean to Bash Pakistan and have a Self Shame attitude like Pakistani so called Liberals have. You can be Moderate in your thoughts and Patriotic at the same time.

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  • king
    Oct 18, 2014 - 6:14PM

    that’s why we developed(nuke carriers) missiles of range 200kms only….so that we can shut them up once and that once would be the only once and obiously the last

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  • Haider
    Oct 18, 2014 - 6:27PM

    Pakistan and India have been in proxy wars since 1947 be it Kashmir,Baluchistan

    @Pankaj
    Can u explain me how Kashmir is integral part of India..Whereas Simla Agreement states it is a bilateral issue.While recently your govt stated that Pakistan and India are stakeholders of Kashmir

    @Shreya
    @Golden Words
    @Professor
    OK Done.We leave our part of Kashmir and you leave your part.Then hold a plebiscite as promised in 1947..Whether they want to be with India,Pak or Independent….
    In 1948…UN said Pak leave Kashmir then Indian army leave then UN officials hold a plebiscite India was never ready for plebiscite neither Pakistan Army left Kashmir nor Indian Army did.
    Since then both have been calling each others land and occupied land.. Even an idiot knows if plebiscite had took place Kashmir had gone to which countryRecommend

  • Aamir
    Oct 18, 2014 - 6:52PM

    Well said Mr. Haider.

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  • Raju
    Oct 18, 2014 - 6:58PM

    @Chachu – sadly you are right that news such as ET and Dawn has limited readership. Read the article by Pervez Hoodbhoy today (http://www.dawn.com/news/1138678/sending-pakistan-to-mars) where he says that one of the real reasons for Pakistanis not having any scientist of even national fame (let alone global) is lack of English readership and focus on matters other than Taliban-like-feverish devotion to Kashmir. Truth being hidden from Pakistani people is that there is no real issue on Kashmir, but one that the Pakistani politiicans and army need to be in power.

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  • Adil Uddin
    Oct 18, 2014 - 9:12PM

    @Chachoo:

    And just see that many Indian trolls just give their opinion without looking at the background and history of Pak-Iran relationships. They are badly brainwashed by their own(bias) media and show their arrogance and taunts over here.

    They should concentrate on their own outlets where obscene and abusive language are order of the day in comments section.

    Plus not a single Iranian himself has commented about the news yet. This clearly shows that many Indian jingoists have a deluded mindset

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  • Haider
    Oct 18, 2014 - 9:28PM

    @Aamir
    Thanku but I think I wrote it on wrong page it was reply on comments of the page about Raheel Sharif saying about Kashmir
    @Raju
    or maybe truth is hidden by your side regarding involvement in Baluchistan.Kashmir was never an issue. Doing genocide and tortures,including rapes to Kashmiries and local people are tortured as militants.Internationally Indian army genocide at Kashmir was noticed and you say its never an issue.Recommend

  • Test
    Oct 18, 2014 - 11:48PM

    @Haider India offered joint patrol of Kashmir and open LOC back in time. Pakistan denied, please check some facts.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Oct 19, 2014 - 12:16AM

    The more Iranian Mullahs get beating in Iraq and Syria, they will hit us more to balance their failure.

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  • El Cid
    Oct 19, 2014 - 12:54AM

    @Chachoo:”The silent majority of Pakistan even dont care for the trolls”

    Very perceptive of you sir. Your recommendation to Pak Media is also right on. However you should strongly recommend to this “Silent Majority” to come out and be more vocal on the international media platform.

    They should take few minutes of their time to stand up and be counted…the media onslaught by the interests you have identified and some others are influencing World Mindset against Pakistan, Muslims and Islam. People as aware as you should come forward and let their views be counted.

    Thank you for pointing out this overt war in the media. Pakistan’s self hating media and their audience seems not to comprehend the potential disaster their self inflicted wounds are leading to…could end up in a catastrophe: International opinion and image is becoming even more so important, even critical by the day.

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  • Sid
    Oct 19, 2014 - 2:26AM

    @Haider:
    You will have at least one “international” link where Indian genocide on Kashmir was “noticed”. Please share. Also atleast “one” international article on “rapes” in Kashmir you guys keep ranting about.

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  • Spot on
    Oct 19, 2014 - 2:36AM

    @Chachoo:
    You are absolutely right and spot on. I used to comment on ET but because it does not have an even policy maybe this is my last comment. It is pro-India when it comes to Indo-Pak matters. Pro-PTI when it comes to domestic politics. Pro-one sect one it comes to sectarian reporting and analysis. Anti-Islam when matters or religion are at issue.
    Good bye ET.

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  • Shadab
    Oct 19, 2014 - 6:56AM

    I think Pakistan is the only country who has made all its neighbors its enemy. Situation is going worse since 1947. We are trying to make friend who are far away from our country ignoring those who surrounds us.

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  • Haider
    Oct 19, 2014 - 11:09AM

    @Test
    Joint patrolling was said by India on LOC and Pakistan said mechanisms were not right while had never problem of infiltration by India through LOC they used Afghan Border for thatRecommend

  • truthbetold
    Oct 19, 2014 - 11:14AM

    @Haider:

    “Can u explain me how Kashmir is integral part of India.”

    Kashmir has been Hindu/Buddhist land for over 5000 years.

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  • Haider
    Oct 19, 2014 - 12:46PM

    @Test
    Joint patrol of Kashmir but mechanics weren’t correct.Infiltration of Terrorists was very less from LOC and much more through Pak-Afghan border….So that joint patrol was only in favour of India

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  • hooshang
    Oct 19, 2014 - 3:42PM

    @Timorlane:
    yes we Iranian are going to remove Saudi government in Pakistan.

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  • Tore
    Oct 19, 2014 - 10:00PM

    All Sausi elements should be removed from pakistan, but Pakistan must send clear signals to Tehran that future border voilations would be stopped by Pak forces.
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