Iran condemns attack on mosque in Pakistan


Tehran: Iran has strongly condemned Friday’s attack on a mosque in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar, which left dozens dead, according to the Foreign Ministry’s website.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said the attack was intended to sow discord, Iran’s official news agency reported.

The Iranian spokesman also expressed his condolences to the families of the victims of the “inhumane and brutal” attack and wished a speedy recovery to the injured.

Khatibzadeh also hoped that the Pakistani government would prevent such criminal acts by taking necessary measures and taking decisive action.

An explosion at a Shia mosque in Peshawar on Friday killed 56 people and injured nearly 200. City officials called the incident a suicide bombing and said two assailants were involved in the incident.

A Pakistani journalist on Friday condemned the Peshawar suicide bombing, saying local media are silent on the religious identity of the blast that claimed more than 50 lives.

Dozens of people from the Shia community have been the target of sectarian violence. However, the persecution of Shiites in Pakistan is not a new phenomenon.

In recent years, Pakistan has seen an unprecedented increase in attacks and arrests of its Shia population, which accounts for 15-20% of the country’s population.

“The bombed mosque in Peshawar was a Shia mosque. But local media are silent on religious identity when they should be focusing on why Shia are being killed in Pakistan and exposing how the Pakistani military’s anti-Shia policies led to this slow #Shia genocide in the country,” tweeted Pakistani journalist Taha Siddiqui. .

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