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16:25 | 2013-04-12

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Iranian Diplomat Warns of Enemies' Plots against Tehran, Islamabad

TEHRAN (FNA)- Consul-General of Iran in Peshawar Hassan Darvashvand warned of the plots hatched by enemies to stir sectarian and religious strife in Iranian and Pakistani societies.

"Pakistan and Iran are potential economic powers with a population of 250 million people having the quest for economic revival and regional peace," Darvashvand said.

"We must be mindful about the evil plots from the West and not let religious and sectarian divide appear in our societies because we have a strategic importance in the world and overcoming illiteracy, economic disparity and unemployment are our major challenges," he added.

In a relevant event in February, Shiite and Sunni Pakistani scholars in a meeting with Iranian Supreme Leader's Advisor for International Affairs Ali Akbar Velayati took the US responsible for sectarian rift in their country, and stressed the necessity for maintaining unity among Muslims.

"The Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) party will not allow the US to implement its plots to sow discord among Muslims," JI Head Syed Munawar Hassan said during the meeting in Lahore.

Also during the meeting, Deputy Secretary General of Majlis-e Wahdat-e Muslimeen (MWM) Allama Amin Shaheedi underlined Shiite and Sunni Muslims' vigilance against enemy plots, and said, "Some terrorists who have been nourished by the US are after creating a rift among Shiites and Sunnis so that they can hit a blow to Pakistan but the sons of Pakistan will defend their country by foiling this aggressive move."

He said that Pakistani Muslims will maintain their unity by following the guidelines of Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, and added that God willing, enemies will fail in their plots.