Sunday, 17 February 2013

‘Pakistan extremists seek Shia genocide’

Fire rages from destroyed houses at the blast site in Pakistan’s southwestern city of Quetta on February 16, 2013.

An Iranian lawmaker condemns the recent bomb attack targeting Shia Muslims in a market in southwestern Pakistan, blaming extremists for such acts of terror.

On Sunday, member of the Majlis Presiding Board Alireza Monadi Sefidaan expressed regret for the deadly attacks on Pakistan’s Shia communities, and said the promotion of Wahhabi-inspired anti-Shia ideology poses a serious challenge to both the Islamabad government and the Muslim world.

He added that the terrorist group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi has targeted Shia Muslims across Pakistan over the past few years, and is pursuing its long-term goal of exterminating Shias using religious excuses.

Monadi Sefidaan also criticized senior Pakistani officials for their failure to protect Shias from recurring sectarian attacks.

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