Pakistan and Iran blame mineral-rich warlords for missile strikes

Pakistan expressed its willingness to work with Iran on “all issues” in a call between their foreign ministers Jan. 19 after both countries exchanged drone and missile strikes on militant bases on each other’s territory.

The tit-for-tat strikes by the two countries are the highest-profile cross-border intrusions in recent years and have raised alarm about wider instability in the region since the war between Israel and Hamas erupted on Oct. 7.

However, while Iran and Pakistan have a history of rocky relations, both sides have already signaled a desire to cool tensions.

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