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Iran may target Saudi, US interests in Afghanistan: Analysts

Iran may target Saudi, US interests in Afghanistan: Analysts

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Jun 09, 2017 - 08:00

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Political experts view last week’s terrorist attacks in Iran as a drama staged by Tehran to increase meddling in other countries’ affairs on the pretext of chasing Daesh and other terrorist networks.

Seventeen people were killed and around 50 injured in Wednesday’s attacks on the Iranian parliament and the Islamic Republic founding leader Imaminfo-icon Khumaini’s mausoleum.

Soon after the attack, senior military commander Mohammad Hussain Nejat and other Iranian government officials blamed Saudi Arabia and the US, though Daesh -- also known the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) -- claimed responsibility for the assaults. Nejat threatened to avenge the attack soon.

Analysts believe for Iran Afghanistaninfo-icon is the softest target where it could target US and Saudi interest. Political expert Hekmat Sapi thinks Iran could avenge the attacks by targeting people in Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia.

He claims the terrorist attacks were planned and executed by Tehran itself to pave the ground for its interference in other countries’ affairs and opening a whole new game in the region. He says Daesh has a strong presence in Iraqi areas bordering Iran but has posed no threat to Tehran.

Daesh, on the contrary, staged deadly attacks in different cities of Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan. Sapi said no parliamentarian or high-level government officials were killed or wounded in the attacks on parliament and the Khomeini shrine.

Iran wants to show the worldinfo-icon it is a victim of terrorism, but the republic itself is a big state sponsor of terrorism, he remarks, saying the world has evidence against Tehran. US officials recently claimed security forces had recovered Iranian-manufactured weapons from terrorists in southeastern Paktia province.

Haji Roohullah Wakeel, head of the Afghanistan’s Jammat-ul-Dawatal Quraninfo-icon Wal Sunnah organisation, also says from the nature of causalities it is clear Iran itself organised the attack.

With the attacks, he argues, Iran wanted to initiate another dirty game, increase interference in other countries’ affairs and divert its people’s attention from real issues. He maintains everyone knows Iran’s ambitions. It seeks to be superior to other states by meddling in their internal affairs.

While noting Iran’s increased interference in Afghanistan its anti-Saudi activities, he says Iran has blamed Saudi Arabia at a time when the Kingdom itself is under attack.

Roohullah charges Iran with trying to create trouble for Saudi Arabia. He insists Iran was behind terrorist activities during Hajjinfo-icon two years back, resulting in the killing of scores of pilgrims. He accuses Iran if having dirty plans to bring bad name to Saudi holy cities.

Qari Faqir Syed Hashimi, a civil societyinfo-icon activist, alleges Iran has always tried to create differences among Muslims. He opines the recent attacks were staged by Iran to pave the way for enhanced interference in Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan.

He questions why Daesh did not attack Iran from Iraq, where the terrorist group has a much stronger presence.

Religious Scholar Abdul Aziz Khairkhwa says Iran is protecting is territory in the best possible manner and terrorist groups are unable to launch attacks on it from Iraq. The recent strikes in Tehran were conducted by the Iranians to find reason for action against Saudi Arabia and Daesh, which has a strong presence in Afghanistan.

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