Local residents gather at the site of a bomb attack on a religious gathering in Rawalpindi on November 22, 2012.
Iran has condemned the latest spate of terrorist attacks which killed 25 Shia Muslims attending processions commemorating the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (PBUH) in two Pakistani cities.
On Thursday, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast expressed concern over the “targeted killing of Shias” in recent weeks in different spots across Pakistan, noting that these “organized actions” are aimed at causing and deepening sectarian strife in Iran’s neighboring country.
The latest bomb attacks took place on Wednesday in the Pakistani city of Karachi and the town of Rawalpindi.
Mehmanparast offered sympathy to the bereaved families of the victims and those wounded in the bombings, and expressed hope that the perpetrators of these crimes would be identified and captured by Pakistan’s judiciary in the shortest possible time to face trial.
Violence has surged against Shia Muslims in different parts of Pakistan in recent months. Since the beginning of 2012, hundreds of Shias have been killed in various parts of the militancy-wracked country.
Pakistan's pro-Taliban militants have launched a violent campaign against Shia Muslims over the past years. According to local sources, militants affiliated to Taliban and al-Qaeda terrorist groups have killed thousands of Shia Muslims in the region since the start of the campaign.
The country’s Shia leaders have called on the government to form a judicial commission to investigate the bloodshed.
The killing of Shias in Pakistan has sparked international outrage, with rights groups and regional countries expressing concern over the ongoing carnage. Still, those behind the violence are rarely caught or punished.
Human Rights Watch issued a statement in September asking the Pakistani government to “urgently act” to protect the Shia Muslims in the country.