The Daesh-claimed bombing that killed more than 50 worshipers at a Shia mosque in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar has drawn widespread condemnation from across the world, with the United Nations' chief saying places of worship should be safe havens not targets of attacks.
The deadly blast took place as worshipers had gathered in the Kucha Risaldar mosque in Peshawar’s old city area for congregational Friday prayers, leaving at least 56 people dead and 194 wounded.
The Takfiri Daesh terrorist group claimed responsibility for the bombing attack, saying on its Amaq propaganda site that one of its members had "succeeded in assaulting a Shia mosque in Peshawar.”
The incident was the deadliest terrorist attack in the country since 2018, when 149 people lost their lives — including nine children — in a terrorist explosion at an election rally in the southwestern province of Balochistan.
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) strongly condemned the suicide bomb blast on Friday and said it was intended to target Shia worshipers.
“The assault was clearly intended to target Shia worshipers and bears the hallmarks of sectarian outfits that have been allowed to run amok in recent years,” the HRCP said in a statement.
UN condemns 'horrific attack' on Peshawar mosque
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the “horrific attack” on Peshawar mosque and said, “Houses of worship should be havens, not targets.”
“Houses of worship should be havens, not targets. I condemn today’s horrific attack on a mosque in Peshawar, Pakistan, during Friday prayers. My condolences to those who have lost loved ones, and my solidarity with the people of Pakistan,” Guterres said in a tweet.
Houses of worship should be havens, not targets.— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) March 4, 2022
I condemn today’s horrific attack on a mosque in Peshawar, Pakistan, during Friday prayers.
My condolences to those who have lost loved ones, and my solidarity with the people of Pakistan.
In Brussels, a spokesperson for European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell called the attack a "heinous crime" and pledged continued support to Pakistan in its counter-terrorism efforts.
Sistani: Peshawar blast aimed to target unity of Muslims
Iraq's most prominent Shia cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, called on the Pakistani government to find a solution to prevent crimes perpetrated by terrorist groups against innocent civilians, especially religious minorities.
Sistani urged Islamabad in a statement not to allow the terrorist groups to launch brutal attacks and take preventive measures to stop such atrocities.
The statement added that this heinous crime is aimed at Islamic unity, and expressed condolences to the families who lost loved ones in the bombing attack.
“The tragic tragedy that occurred today during Friday prayers at the Kucha Risaldar Mosque, which resulted in the martyrdom and wounding of a large number of innocent worshipers, is cause for more sadness and sorrow. As we extend our condolences to you, dear loved ones, and the bereaved families, we ask God for patience and solace for all and to grant the wounded a speedy recovery and raise the ranks of the martyrs of this painful event,” Iraq's most prominent Shia cleric said in the statement.
“While the religious seminary in Najaf and the supreme Shia authority denounce this horrific crime that targeted the unity of Muslims, they strongly urge the government of Pakistan to think of ways to protect the oppressed in the face of the oppression and crimes of terrorist groups, and it takes the necessary preventive measures in this regard, and does not allow their religious meetings to be subjected to violent and brutal attacks by ruthless extremist groups,” he added.
Iran’s spox slams Western human rights over silence about Peshawar
Ali Bahadori Jahromi, the Iranian administration's spokesman, censured the Western human rights over remaining silent about the deadly blast in the Pakistani city of Peshawar.
“During the days when the windows of all the world's media were adorned with slogans of peace and opposition to war and violence, 56 oppressed Pakistani Shiites in the heavy silence of the media, strangely lost their blood. Bloody Friday #Peshawar is a testament to the hollow claims of Western human rights,” Bahadori Jahromi wrote in a Persian-language tweet.
“Peace and blessings of God be upon the oppressed martyrs of Peshawar.”
در روزهایی که ویترین همه رسانههای دنیا با شعارهای صلح و ضدیت با جنگ و خشونت آذین شده، ۵۶ نفر از شیعیان مظلوم پاکستانی در سکوت سنگین رسانهای، غریبانه در خون خود غلطیدند. جمعه خونین #پیشاور شاهدی است بر ادعاهای توخالی حقوق بشری غرب.— علی بهادری جهرمی (@alibahaadori) March 4, 2022
سلام و درود خدا بر شهدای مظلوم پیشاور. pic.twitter.com/mmtowaBSqa
OIC condoles loss of lives in Peshawar blast
Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Hissein Brahim Taha called Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Friday to convey deepest condolences on the loss of innocent lives in the terrorist attack in Peshawar.
Strongly condemning the incident, Brahim Taha said terrorism was a common challenge that needed to be countered together by the Muslim Ummah and the international community.
Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait condemn suicide attack in Pakistan
The Saudi Foreign Ministry stressed the Kingdom’s position against “targeting places of worship, terrorizing civilians and shedding innocent blood,” adding that it supports Pakistan against all forms of violence, extremism and terrorism.
The ministry offered condolences and sympathy to the families of the victims, the government and the Pakistani people, wishing the injured a speedy recovery.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of #Saudi Arabia expresses its strong condemnation of the terrorist bombing that targeted a mosque in the city of #Peshawar, Islamic Republic of #Pakistan, and resulted in dozens of deaths and injuries. pic.twitter.com/GmIMz6pIvZ— Foreign Ministry 🇸🇦 (@KSAmofaEN) March 4, 2022
The United Arab Emirate (UAE) issued a statement condemning the deadly attack and said it rejected all forms of violence and terrorism aimed at destabilizing security and stability in the region.
The UAE also said that such brutal violence against civilians was inconsistent with humanitarian values and principles.
Kuwait expressed solidarity with Pakistan and reaffirmed support for all measures it takes to maintain its security and stability, while Egypt and Jordan also issued similar statements condemning the attack.
Turkey condemns terrorist attack on Pakistan mosque
Also on Friday, Turkey condemned the attack and said it was “deeply saddened” by the suicide bombing that hit the Shia mosque in Peshawar.
“We are deeply saddened by the news that a bomb attack, which was carried out today against a mosque in Peshawar, capital of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan,” the Turkish foreign ministry said in a written statement.
“We condemn this heinous terrorist attack and wish Allah’s mercy upon those who lost their lives, speedy recovery to the injured and convey our condolences to the friendly and brotherly government and people of Pakistan,” it added.