Iranian border guards on Tuesday fired four mortar shells into a western district of Balochistan in a fresh incident of border violation. A senior official of the Balochistan government confirmed that “four mortars landed in the Kushak area of Panjgur.
No loss of life was reported though. “These mortars were fired from the other side of the border,” he added. A few months ago, Iranian border guards had killed two men in Panjgur in a similar incident of border violation.
However, no formal protest was lodged by Pakistani authorities with Tehran. Tuesday’s shelling was not something new, Iranian border guards routinely fire shells into border villages in Panjgur, Mand, Awaran and Chagai districts.
Pakistan has raised the issue with the Iranian government which said troops would target terrorists who disturbed peace whether they were in Iran or Pakistan.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 22nd, 2015.