Iran’s Speaker: US sowing ethnic, sectarian strife in Afghanistan
Iran’s Parliament Speaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf has condemned a recent terrorist attack targeting worshippers at a packed Shia mosque in the northeastern Afghan city of Kunduz, warning that enemies are plotting to ignite sectarian and ethnic strife in the country.
“Ethnic and sectarian strife is the new security project of the Afghan nation’s enemies, which is being carried out by terrorist groups backed by the United States,” Qalibaf said at an open session of the Parliament in Tehran.
“Heads of the Muslim countries should wisely rely on unity among Muslim nations to hinder the activities of Takfiri groups and ensure unity and security across the region.”
The Iranian official extended his condolences to the Afghan people over the attack on Friday, which killed dozens of innocent Afghans, and said the brutal crime by Takfiri terrorists was a great pain for all the freedom-seeking nations in the world.
The top Iranian parliamentarian emphasized that Afghan authorities are duty-bound to ensure security for the people and should punish the perpetrators of this terrorist act.
They should also adopt the necessary strategies to prevent the recurrence of such incidents, he said.
The blast happened as worshipers were saying prayers at the mosque in the Khanabad Bandar area.
The Daesh (ISIS)-K, the Afghan branch of the Takfiri terrorist outfit, claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement issued on its Amaq news channel. The attack was an apparent attempt to stir conflict between Shias and Afghanistan’s Sunni majority.
On Saturday, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei called on Afghanistan’s authorities to punish the perpetrators of the act of terror.
Daesh gained a foothold in eastern and northern Afghanistan during the occupation of that country by United States forces.
The US military is accused of having allowed members of the Daesh, which have suffered serious defeats in Syria and neighboring Iraq, to infiltrate Afghanistan even as US is engaged with peace talks with Taliban for sake of stability in the landlocked country. Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai had once told al-Jazeera television news network that the US is colluding with Daesh in Afghanistan, and allowing the Takfiris to flourish in his conflict-stricken country.
“In my view, under the full [US] presence,
surveillance, military, political, intelligence, Daesh has emerged. And for two
years, the Afghan people came, cried loud about their suffering, of violations.
Nothing was done,” he said.