Published: 2024-01-19 11:17
Last Updated: 2024-02-25 11:14
The Prime Minister of Pakistan is convening an emergency security meeting Friday with military and intelligence officials after the country’s standoff with Iran earlier this week, in which both sides conducted airstrikes across borders on “militant targets.”
Iran launched a missile and drone attack on what it described as "terrorist" targets in Pakistan late on Tuesday. Pakistan responded with strikes on militants inside Iranian territory on Thursday.
The United Nations and the United States have called for restraint, while China has offered to mediate between the two nations.
A spokesperson for the Prime Minister's office, as reported by AFP, stated that "the Prime Minister has called for a meeting of the National Security Committee today."
A security official in Islamabad mentioned that the Chief of Army Staff and the heads of intelligence agencies will attend the meeting in the afternoon.
The interim Prime Minister of Pakistan, Anwar ul-Haq Kakar, has cut short his visit to Davos, Switzerland, to participate in the World Economic Forum following the attacks. His government is currently serving until the general elections scheduled in three weeks amid allegations of electoral fraud.