Thursday, December 16, 2010

Pakistan condemns Chabahar bombing

Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik
Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik has expressed Islamabad's sorrow over the deaths of dozens of people in the Wednesday terrorist attack in southeastern Iran.

During a telephone conversation with Iran's Ambassador to Islamabad Mashallah Shakeri late on Wednesday, Malik offered his country's sympathy to the families of the victims from the deadly bombing in the Iranian city of Chabahar. 

More than 33 people died in the massive explosion that targeted a mourning procession marking the anniversary of the third Shia Imam Hussein's martyrdom in the port city in Sistan-Baluchestan province. 

The Pakistani official said his country's intelligence services are ready to cooperate with their Iranian counterpart to help track down the perpetrators behind the terrorist move. 

Bilateral intelligence and security cooperation would help the two nations fully prevent such incidents, Malik said. 

The remarks come amid reports showing the elements involved in the Chabahar attack had received terrorist training in Pakistan. 

The Iranian envoy, for his part, highlighted the significance of a joint campaign against terrorism in the region, adding that failure in taking serious measures to tackle the issue could destabilize the region. 

“It is natural that none of the governments and nations will be immune from the repercussions of such conditions,” Shakeri warned. 

Iranian lawmakers on Thursday called on Islamabad to do more to wipe out terrorism the country nurtures in its lawless regions.

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