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Pakistan recalls ambassador from Iran, expels Iranian envoy after air strike

ISLAMABAD (PEN) : In a major escalation of regional tension, Pakistan has decided to recall its ambassador from Iran and expel the Iranian envoy in response to what it termed unprovoked violation of Pakistani airspace by Iran.

“This illegal act is completely unacceptable and has no justification whatsoever,” said the foreign office in a statement on Wednesday that followed its earlier remarks on Iran’s missile strike on Pakistani territory.

“Pakistan reserves the right to respond to this illegal act. The responsibility for the consequences will lie squarely with Iran.

“We have conveyed this message to the Iranian government. We have also informed them that Pakistan has decided to recall its ambassador from Iran and that the Iranian Ambassador to Pakistan who is currently visiting Iran may not return for the time being,” it added.

“We have also decided to suspend all high level visits which were ongoing or were planned between Pakistan and Iran in coming days.”