Oct 10, 2021 14:32 UTC
  • Ethnic, religious discord in Afghanistan, new security conspiracy of US-backed enemies: Parliament speaker

Parliament Speaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf has condemned a recent terrorist attack targeting worshippers at a packed mosque in the northeastern Afghan city of Kunduz, warning that enemies are plotting to stoke religious and ethnic discord in the country.

“Ethnic and religious discord 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 on Sunday.

“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 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 Takfiri terrorist outfit, claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement issued on its Amaq news channel.

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.

“Authorities in the neighboring and brotherly country of Afghanistan are seriously expected to punish the bloodthirsty perpetrators of this heinous crime and take necessary measures to prevent a recurrence of such tragedies,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.

Daesh has maintained a foothold in eastern and northern Afghanistan following the United States’ hasty withdrawal from the country, which led to the collapse of the Afghan government in mid-August.