Iranian, Pakistani officials discuss ways to confront regional extremism

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Pakistani Prime Minister’s Adviser for Political and Security Affairs Sartaj Aziz condemned violence against people, and said expansion of regional cooperation can pave the way for eradication of terrorist groups.

In a phone conversation on Friday nights, Zarif seriously condemned the Peshawar terrorist attack that claimed lives of over 140 kids, and sympathized with their bereaved family members, the Pakistani nation and government.

Aziz, for his part, appreciated the Iranian nation and government for their sympathy over the Peshawar massacre.

“Bilateral and regional cooperation is the most effective way for confronting and uprooting the terrorist and extremist groups,” added the Pakistani official.

On Tuesday, witnesses described how gunmen went from classroom to classroom, shooting children, after a huge blast shook the Army Public School in Peshawar.

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the attack as retaliation for a major military offensive in the region, saying militants had been ordered to shoot older students.

Police said that a bloody Taliban raid on an army-run school in Northwest Pakistan ended with all six attackers dead.

The assault on the school in the city of Peshawar killed at least 130 people, most of them students, according to officials.

“The combat operation is over, the security personnel are carrying out clearance operation and hopefully they will clear the building in a while,” Police Official Abdullah Khan said.

“Dead bodies of six terrorists have been found in the building.”

Chief Army Spokesman General Asim Bajwa said on Twitter that explosive devices planted in school buildings by the militants were slowing clearance efforts.

By Fars News Agency


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