Pak dailies warn against serious consequences of Ahvaz terror attack

Islamabad, Sept 25, IRNA - Pakistan's leading English news dailies while condemning terrorist attack on a military parade in the city of Ahvaz in southwestern Khuzestan province warned against serious consequences of such cowardly act.

Daily ‘Dawn’ in its editorial comments said large-scale violence and terrorist attacks within the Islamic Republic are rare; however, many of its neighbors and regional states are now turning their guns on Iran.

It said this is the second major attack in Iran where state symbols have been targeted; last year, in a deadly attack claimed by the militant Daesh group, insurgents stormed the Iranian parliament, as well as the mausoleum of founder of the Islamic Revolution Imam Khomeini in Tehran.

It added the Iranian authorities that have blamed the US, the Zionist regime and their Persian Gulf allies for the atrocity, claimed to have arrested a large network involved in the attack on Monday.

“However, Iran, as well as its regional foes, must navigate carefully so that incidents such as these do not spark greater confrontation,” Dawn viewed.

“As for Iran’s Arab foes, they must realize that terrorism is a common enemy and that gloating over a rival’s misery is highly insensitive,” it said.

Another newspaper ‘Daily Times’ in its editorial said the attack on a military parade in the Iranian city of Ahvaz is a reminder of festering tensions in the Middle East.

“Top Iranian officials have blamed the United States (US) and its allies in the Persian Gulf, accusing them of backing the al-Ahwaziya militant group, which has claimed responsibility for the assault which resulted in the deaths of 26 people, including women and children,” it said.

The paper said that this tragedy will cause increased diplomatic strain in the already troubled Middle East.

It said Abdulkhaleq Abdullah, advisor to Emirati Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, has added to the tensions by tweeting that the attack was “not a terrorist incident”, since it was the Iranian military which was targeted.

“Not only is this a clearly biased statement, it also ignores the fact that the four attackers blatantly fired automatic weapons on a civilian crowd,” the paper added.

“It should not be forgotten that in May last year, Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman (MBS) had vowed to take the fight between the two regional powers inside Iran,” Daily Times noted.

The paper said one would hope that the US, arguably the most influential player in the region, would try to prevent escalation, but with Donald Trump in the Whitehouse, this will be asking for too much.

“Even though our Foreign Office has released an official statement condemning the incident, the Prime Minister must also release a statement confirming Islamabad’s cordial relations with Tehran,” it said.

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