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News number: 9107135069

16:40 | 2013-01-12

Foriegn Policy

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Iran Condoles with Pakistani People, Gov't over Deadly Attacks against Muslims

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian Foreign Ministry condoled with the people and government of Pakistan over the death of the country's citizens in the recent terrorist attacks.



Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast strongly condemned recent bomb attacks in Pakistan in which more than 100 people, including Shiite Muslims, were killed, and called for an international condemnation of the "criminal acts" and offered his sympathy to the families of the victims of the terrorist attacks.

He referred to the increased killing of Pakistani citizens in recent weeks as "targeted" attacks.

"Undoubtedly, the main objective of this organized and Zionist sedition is to fan the flames of sectarian strife among the Pakistani people, particularly between Shias and Sunnis in this country," Mehman-Parast said.

The Iranian official also urged all countries and international bodies to work towards the eradication of the "ominous phenomenon of terrorism."

A total of 129 people were killed and 280 wounded in three bomb attacks across Pakistan on Thursday.

Ninety-two people were killed and 200 others wounded in a twin bombing that targeted Shia Muslims in a crowded billiards hall in the western city of Quetta. Earlier in the day, 12 security forces were also killed in a bomb explosion at a security check point in the city.

In another incident, a bomb detonated inside a mosque in the Swat Valley of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, northwest of Islamabad, leaving 25 Sunni Muslims dead and 80 others wounded.