#Pakistan's military releases first official statement on a terrorist attack in #Kech bordering #Iran & close to #Afghanistan that resulted in 10 soldiers and 1 terrorist killed, several attackers injured. 3 terrorists have been captured after an intense battle. /1
The attack occurred on the night of 25/26 Jan 2022. Terrorists attacked a security post of a paramilitary followed by "intense exchange of fire," according to a #Pakistan military statement. A clearance op is still underway around #Kech, a #Balochistan district bordering #Iran /2
Capturing of terrorists alive is a breakthrough that can assist in intelligence gathering but the high casualty figure in the latest attack caps a rising wave of terror attacks mainly along #Pakistan's border regions with #Afghanistan and #Iran that have picked since 2020. /3
The #Kech terror attack is the biggest single hit against #Pakistan Armed Forces on the western border in three years. In 2019, 14 Pakistan Navy and Air Force personnel were killed execution-style in #Balochistan by terrorists who came from #Iran.

#Iran policy is discussed/dissected by almost every neighbor [#Iraq #Turkey #Azerbaijan #Tajikistan #Afghanistan] except #Pakistan, where it is a taboo at a every level [govt, media, think tanks, etc]. I always say Pak Desk officers at #IRGC have it easy.
Army chief #COAS #QamarBajwa dashes to #Balochistan to review security situation and the fencing of #Pakistan-#Iran border; meets top military officials in the area. The visit comes after the deadliest military casualty figure in a single terrorist attack in three years.

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Jan 17
#Iran-backed #Houthi militia is now involved in at least two attacks resulting in injuries+death of #Pakistan citizens in #KSA+#UAE. In May 2021, Houthis targeted #Jeddah within hours of the arrival of PM #ImranKhan+First Lady [see: ] /1
Apart from killing a #Pakistan citizen, the #Houthi attack on @AdnocGroup facility targets an energy partner of six largest Pakistani oil & gas companies [See ]

[ADNOC statement ]
#Pakistan has so far avoided directly criticizing #Iran-backed proxies in the region in order to avoid altercations with #Tehran and its feared #IRGC/QF paramilitaries. But now #Houthis increasingly pose a direct threat to Pak interests in the #Gulf. /3

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Jan 17
#Iran-backed #Houthi attack in #AbuDhabi comes days after #UAE NSA met Iranian NSA in #Tehran. Meeting appeared cordial in pictures [see ].

Earlier, Iran issued inflammatory statements on UAE-#Israel bilateral exchanges [see ]
The #AbuDhabi attack would mark an escalation in the activities of #Iran-backed militias around the #Gulf region. The first days of the year have seen an escalation in #Iraq against the Iraqi government and #US outposts. [See &
A #Pakistan citizen killed in alleged #Houthi attack on #UAE. If confirmed, this will not be the first time that actions of #Iran-backed militia resulted in Pakistani casualties. Iranian malign activity directly impacts vital Pakistani interests in #Gulf.

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Nov 20, 2021
#India's #Reliance and the #Saudi oil giant #Aramco call off their 2019 $15 billion deal. The main reasons are listed in this explainer by the @IndianExpress: Why Reliance and Aramco are re-evaluating their $15 billion deal.


via @GoogleNews
The economy is the main driver behind calling off #Reliance-#Aramco $15B deal, the biggest #India-#KSA investment agreement so far. But there are strong political factors also at play. These factors are not deal enablers or breakers but they impact policy.
#Iran is a factor in #India-#Saudi economic cooperation. Some Saudi experts believe enhanced engagement would wean New Delhi from dependence on #Iran for energy supply and as a strategic partner. Indian policymakers are not ready to part ways with Tehran, an ally since 1979.
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Nov 6, 2021
#Pakistan update | Prime Minister @ImranKhanPTI's Government is now receiving messages from the opposition to resign, call for new election, and avoid passing election laws that would make polls easier to manipulate, including against the ruling #PTI itself. /1
In some ways, the opposition is sending messages to PM #ImranKhan to minimize his losses & avoid further empowering #Pakistan's civmil establishment in his last months in power. Meanwhile, the umbrella opposition alliance #PDM, other oppo parties, and some coalition parties/2
are agreed that it would be a mistake to push @ImranKhanPTI out of power now when opportunity exists. No one is eager to replace the ruling #PTI amid political & economic mess. Also, apparent lack of political consensus inside the civmil establishment adds to the uncertainty. /3
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Oct 29, 2021
Meanwhile, in #Pakistan, the country's political+military leaders are held hostage by extremist Islamists, literally forced to reconfirm their allegiance to Islam! The hordes threaten to storm the capital. Perfect script for a historical drama reliving 11th century in 21st. #TLP
...meanwhile, in #Islamabad, which resembles #Baghdad just before the Mongols stormed it. [Or #Rome as Nero fiddles]

Reported divisions within PM #ImranKhan Govt on how to deal with banned #TLP religious group threatening to storm #Pakistan capital #Islamabad. Meanwhile, discontent inside Punjab Police, where officers believe Govt and state abandoned them before religious extremists.
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Oct 29, 2021
#SaudiArabia expels #Lebanon ambassador. #GCC states expected to follow suit. Decision could impact Lebanese labor; comes after 🇱🇧 govt minister supports #Houthi militia in #Yemen. But this step reflects #Gulf frustration at #Iran-backed #Hezbollah militia's chokehold over 🇱🇧. /1
#Saudi decision to throw out #Lebanon ambassador is not a sudden move but also caps years of #Iran/#IRGC using #Lebanon produce/fruit export trucks to smuggle narcotics into the #Gulf. /2

#Kuwait media tycoon @Ahmadaljaralah says #Lebanon minister's statement is admission of #Iran military interference in #Yemen; calls #Hezbollah chief Nasrallah "Hassan Ammonia" (reference to #Beirut port warehouse explosion) /3

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