Islamabad, 29 April 2022 (TDI0: Pakistan strongly condemns terrorist attacks in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan on 28 April 2022 causing the loss of precious Afghan lives and injuring many others.

The Government and people of Pakistan extend their sympathies, support, and solidarity to the people of Afghanistan and particularly with the bereaved families. Pakistan says that it believes that these heinous acts of terrorism against innocent Afghans are aimed at weakening the resolve of the Afghan nation in pursuit of peace, stability, and progress.

According to the statement issued the targeting of Hazara and Shia communities in Afghanistan through these acts of terrorism is also a matter of serious concern. Pakistan urged the international community to extend all possible support and assistance to Afghanistan in combating terrorism and overcoming these challenges.

Mazar I Sharif Blast 

Two bomb blasts aboard separate minibusses killed at least nine people Thursday in Afghanistan’s Mazar-i-Sharif, police said, a week after a deadly explosion rocked a Shiite mosque in the northern city.

Islamic State claimed the responsibility for this blast killing the Shiite during the holy month of Ramadan.

Although violent public attacks are fallen across Afghanistan since the emergence of the Taliban regime but the Islamic State group is still active. Taliban consider them heretics. IS is a Sunni Islamist group, like the Taliban, but the two are bitter rivals.

Recently country was gripped by deadly attacks on minorities in the past two weeks during the fasting month. This blast occurred minutes after each other in different districts of Mazar I Sharif as commuters were heading home after breaking their fast.

Shiite Afghans, who are mostly from the Hazara community, make up between 10 to 20 percent of Afghanistan’s population of 38 million.

Minutes after Islamic State issued responsibility and images on social media where the Taliban were seen transporting the victims from the vehicle to hospitals.

The regional Islamic State chapter, ISKP, took credit for the bombings, which it said inflicted 30 casualties. Images posted on social media showed one minibus engulfed in fire, while the other was mangled, with Taliban fighters seen transporting victims from the vehicle to hospitals.
This explosion was followed a day later by the bombing of another mosque in Kunduz targeting the minority Sufi Community killing 36 people during the Friday prayer.  Another attack also targeted Shiites in Kabul, with two bombs detonated at a school, killing six students.

Pakistan condemns the attack and called for the Taliban and asked to extend all possible support and assistance to Afghanistan in combating terrorism and overcoming these challenges.

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