Iran is escalating conflicts on several fronts, including along the Pakistan-Iran border.

On Saturday 3 December 2022, several hundred protesters gathered at Trafalgar Square as part of a series of ongoing worldwide protests in solidarity with Iranian women and Iran’s wider population struggling for personal, political, and religious freedom and social justice against a ruthless authoritarian theocracy. (Photo: Alisdare Hickson)

Pakistan recently issued a forceful and powerful condemnation, denouncing the unwarranted aggression and unprovoked violation of Pakistan’s airspace and sovereignty by Iran, a seemingly ungovernable and defiant state in the global world order of peace and prosperity.

Iran admitted to carrying out the dastardly attack in the border town of Panjgur in Baluchistan, which resulted in the death of two innocent children and injured three girls. The employment of precision missile and drone strikes by Iran violated Pakistan’s territorial sovereignty.

The attack also symbolized Iran’s deceitful and violent political disposition, firmly rooted in a highly reductive theological approach. Attacks of this nature are meant to condone and endorse callous, violent measures for myopic political gains.

A nuanced examination of the situation reveals Iran’s deeply calculated and methodically ruthless exploitation of the political vacuum in Pakistan during the ongoing national election season — a period marked by delicate transfer-of-power issues. Furthermore, Iran’s belligerence under the pretext of counterterrorism is a furtive endeavor to obfuscate its incontrovertible role in harboring, abetting, and financially supporting terror outfits within and beyond its national frontiers.

Through nefarious proxy schemes and calculated attacks on innocent people, Iran’s rouge leaders no doubt hope to ensure their despotic control and hegemonic influence in the region.

Notwithstanding Iran's overzealous and barbarous actions, Pakistan’s state apparatus, in an earnest endeavor to mitigate the chances of escalation, has exhibited great restraint.

Pakistan has opted for expeditious resolution through diplomatic channels to avert any further escalation. A frontline state against the hydra-headed existential threat of terrorism, Pakistan has displayed maturity and political insight in its initial response, favoring conflict containment and resolution while also vociferously registering displeasure through proper diplomatic channels.

Even key political figures from mainstream political parties, including a former prime minister of Pakistan, while expressing shock at the diabolical Iranian breach of Pakistani sovereignty, accented the need for transparent dialogue and meaningful cooperation to deescalate a situation, that undeniably has the potential of kindling military conflict.

The world urgently needs to take stock of this incident, which might seem small in scale; however, its ramifications could be immense, producing reverberations that shall be felt across the globe in these epoch-making times.

Ergo, this publication is a fervent petition denouncing the deplorable actions of Iran and exhorting global financial and security watchdogs to swiftly hold Iran accountable and impose necessary sanctions to truncate Iran’s unabated deceitful maneuvers in international and regional politics.

Additionally, Iran’s recent desecration of even the most rudimentary diplomatic and territorial norms fundamentally serves as a ringing indictment of the rulers of Iran, as the nation lionizes and clandestinely supports proxy organizations that embody radical and obscurantist motives in the Middle East and South Asia.

In the perennially intricate and rather obfuscated tapestry of international relations, precious few threads are as diaphanously delicate and frail, yet imbued with the perilous potential for implosion, as the precarious relationship betwixt Iran and Pakistan.

These two pivotal actors in the comity of nations, particularly owing to their geographical position and shared border, stand at the threshold of diplomatic severance, courtesy of the intimate spatial proximity that has been persistently violated by the monolithic Iranian military and political establishment.

Iran’s latest act of aggression —the indiscriminate killing of innocent children — is concomitant with the ongoing brazen missile sprees being spearheaded by Iran, wherein even Syria and Iraq have been recently targeted under the guise of counterterrorism.

Such events further obfuscate the current political and security climate, revealing Iran’s underlying ulterior motive of fueling and fanning the Middle East security quagmire while simultaneously creating a fecund breeding ground for conflict in South Asia. Given the context of Iran’s broader actions, these execrable actions are reflective of its leadership’s expansionist agenda, of controlling the regional political and diplomatic strings, demonstrating an utter disregard for human life and international laws through the use of proxies.

As the world bravely trudges through these epoch-making times of poly-crisis, bristling with geopolitical instability, sanguinary military conflicts, social upheavals, nuclear escalation, and crippling environmental catastrophes reaching irreversible tipping points, this publication is a plaintive clamor for peace, reconciliation, and prosperity in the global collective.

As humanity ideates change and transformation in 2024, a year marked by intense political activity amid six dozen major elections across the globe, engaging over four billion people, a united and resolute response from the international community is imperative to prevent further destabilization in the Middle East and South Asia.

(contributing editor, Brooke Bell)