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Iranian President condemns terrorist attack in Pakistan

TEHRAN: Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has condemned the terrorist attack targeting a political rally in Bajaur district of northwestern Pakistan, where at least 42 people were killed.

President Raisi sent a message to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and expressed his sympathy to the premier and the friendly and brotherly people of Pakistan.

“We believe that such inhumane and criminal actions will result in no outcome but disgraceful to its perpetrators,” Raisi said.

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian also strongly condemned the terrorist bomb attack in  tribal area of Bajaur.

He condoled with his counterpart, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, as well as the government and nation of Pakistan and the victims’ families.

“Effective fight against terrorism and extremism is a common security concern for both countries,” Amir-Abdollahian said, adding, “Terrorism is the ominous phenomenon of our time.”

The blast targeted the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-F (JUI-F) party in Bajaur district when more than 400 supporters gathered under a tent in the town of Khar.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the local chapter of the Daesh terrorist group has recently carried out attacks against JUI-F.

At least 42 people have been killed and dozens others injured in a blast during a political gathering in northwestern Pakistan, according to reports.

Earlier, Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Nasser Kanani said terrorists once again committed another crime in the neighboring and brotherly country of Pakistan.

He extended Iran’s sympathy to the Pakistani government and nation as well as the bereaved. The Iranian spokesman said the Islamic Republic stands by Pakistan in tackling terrorism.

Pakistan has seen a resurgence of attacks by militants since last year when a ceasefire between the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and the government in Islamabad broke down.

 The Pakistani government has accused the Taliban government of providing hideouts to the TTP militants near the border.

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