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Iran condemns ‘criminal, terrorist attack’ in Pakistan

Iran has strongly condemned a terrorist attack targeting a political rally in northwestern Pakistan, where at least 40 people were killed.

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Nasser Kan’ani on Sunday said terrorists once again committed another crime in the neighboring and brotherly country of Pakistan.

He extended Iran’s sympathy to the Pakistani government and nation as well as the bereaved.

The Iranian spokesman said the Islamic Republic stands by Pakistan in tackling terrorism.

The blast targeted the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-F (JUI-F) party in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province when more than 400 members and supporters gathered under a tent in the town of Khar, near the border with Afghanistan, on Sunday, officials said.

Khar is located in the former tribal area of Bajaur.

40 killed, 120 injured in blast in northwestern Pakistan

Pakistan has seen a resurgence of attacks by militants since last year when a ceasefire between the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and the government in Islamabad broke down.

The TTP pledges allegiance to Afghanistan’s Taliban militants. The Pakistani government accuses the Taliban government of providing hideouts to the TTP militants near the border.

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