Iranian President Urges Afghan Leaders to Protect People’s Lives

“We call on the current (Taliban) leaders of Afghanistan to protect the lives of Muslims, who are being killed in mosques during the fast, and to prevent rogue elements who viciously target ordinary people and public security,” he said. he said at a ceremony in Tehran to mark Laylat al-Qadr or the Night of Destiny, a holy night in which the first verses of the Holy Quran were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) some 14 centuries.

His remarks came after an explosion hit a mosque north of the city of Kunduz in Afghanistan during Friday prayers, killing more than 30 people.

The day before, the terrorist group Daech (ISIL or ISIS) had claimed responsibility for a bomb attack in a Shiite mosque in the city of Mazar-i-Sharif, in the north of the country, which had killed at least 12 worshipers and injured 58. .

Elsewhere in his remarks, Raisi held Western spy services and the Israeli regime responsible for the violent raids by Israeli forces against Palestinian worshipers in the compound of al-Aqsa Mosque in the occupied old city of Al-Quds, as well as the recent terrorist attacks in Afghanistan.

He described the terrorist group Daesh as the offspring of Western spy services and the Israeli regime.

“We are now witnessing crimes, similar to those perpetrated by members of Daesh, committed against Muslims and worshipers in the compound of al-Aqsa Mosque as well as in mosques in Afghanistan,” Raisi said.

The president noted that unity and solidarity were growing among Muslim nations, saying this would lead to the complete liberation of al-Quds and the restoration of Palestinian rights after more than 70 years of struggle against the occupiers.

He also called for the massive participation of people in the International Quds Day rallies in Iran and other countries.

Every year, on the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan, rallies are held around the world to express solidarity with the Palestinian people in their struggle for the liberation of the occupied territories.

Millions of pro-Palestinian protesters, including Muslims and non-Muslims, take to the streets to denounce Israel’s atrocities against the Palestinian people.

This year’s Quds Day rallies will be held around the world on Friday, April 30.

Raisi also stressed that the fate of the Palestinian nation should be determined by resistance fighters active in the occupied West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip, rather than on the negotiating table in the presence of outsiders.

“Until recently, it was thought that the fate of the Palestinian people would be decided at the negotiating table; however, it is now determined by the will of the combatants,” he said.

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