THE recent helicopter crash that claimed the lives of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian and other high-ranking officials has plunged the nation into a state of shock and grief. The catastrophic incident has raised several questions that will take time to be answered.

A critical aspect of the tragedy is the disparity in the helicopters used. The president and foreign minister were in an obsolete American helicopter, while their advisers were travelling in Russian helicopters that were more reliable and safer. The circumstances surrounding the crash have also come under scrutiny. All such questions will surely be answered in the days ahead.

The tragic crash took place in the wake of a recent spat between Iran and Israel. Last month, Israel threatened to target key individuals in Iran. Following the tragedy, Israel quickly denied any involvement, but the worth of such denials will be known with the passage of time.

The death of the country’s president and the foreign minister may have significant impact on Iran’s foreign policy and its interactions with global powers. Again, one has to wait and see how things unfold from here onwards.

Abdul Raheem
Rahimyar Khan

Published in Dawn, May 25th, 2024

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