Iran has censured an attack that recently targeted Pakistan’s largest stock exchange, calling for closer regional and international cooperation to uproot terrorism.
According to Press TV, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi was reacting on Tuesday to the deadly attack a day earlier by heavily armed gunmen on the Pakistani Stock Exchange building located in a high security zone in Karachi.
“The only way to fundamentally fight the big challenge of terrorism is cooperation and convergence among all world countries, particularly those in the region,” the Iranian spokesperson said.
The attack saw four gunmen dressed in police uniforms attempt to storm the Stock Exchange building. They initially threw a grenade before opening fire on a security post outside the building, killing two private security guards and a police officer. Seven others sustained injuries.
Pakistani security forces quickly intervened and thwarted the raid, killing all the assailants.
The separatist Baloch Liberation Army from Balochistan claimed responsibility in a Twitter post.
In a Twitter post hours after the assault, Iran’s Ambassador to Pakistan Seyyed Mohammad Ali Hosseini roundly condemned the bloodshed, voicing support for Pakistan in its counter-terrorism efforts.
The already-defeated terrorists are resorting to such cowardly acts to portray themselves as powerful, he added.
Thousands of Pakistanis have lost their lives in bombings and other militant attacks since 2001, when Islamabad entered into an alliance with the US in Washington’s so-called war on terror.
The Pakistani army has launched frequent counter-militancy offensives over the past years, but sporadic acts of terror by militants continue to target security forces as well as civilians.