The secretary of the Guardian Council, Iran’s top supervisory body, calls the Islamic Republic the biggest victim of acts of terror on the international stage.
Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati made the remarks on Wednesday, a day after the country marked its National Day of Fight Against Terrorism.
“Iran has been dealt the most damage from acts of terror,” he said, adding, “This is while those who lay claim to defending the human rights have never wanted to see this reality.”
The occasion commemorates the 1981 assassination of Iran’s then-president Mohammad Ali Rajaei and prime minister Mohammad Javad Bahonar.
The two and several other officials had convened at the Tehran office of the Iranian prime minister in a meeting of Iran’s Supreme Defense Council when a bomb explosion ripped through the building.
Survivors recounted that an aide, identified as Massoud Kashmiri, had brought a briefcase into the conference room and then left. Subsequent investigations revealed that Kashmiri had been an operative working for the anti-Iran Mujahedin-e-Khalq Organization terrorist cult, who had infiltrated the premier’s office disguised as a state security official.
Ayatollah Jannati said it was “risible” for the very countries, through whose support the MKO staged its atrocities, to stake out a claim of fighting terrorism.
He said it was strange for “the founders and employers” of acts of terrorism in the world to lay claim to be fighting the phenomenon, identifying the Israeli regime as “the most principal example of state terrorism.”
Ayatollah Jannati, meanwhile, urged legal pursuance of restoration of the terror victims’ rights, saying it was “destruction of terrorist administrations” that could avenge those who had been martyred by acts of terrorism.
Commemorating the occasion, Kazem Gharibabadi, secretary of Iran’s High Council for Human Rights (HCHR), noted that Iran had lost more than 17,000 people to acts of terror carried out by the MKO.
A victim of terrorism itself,Iran has seen more than 17000 of its civilians assassinated by Munafiqeen terrorists,who are openly supported by the so-called champions of human rights.The HCHR raps all forms of terrorism and calls for making a stand against this sinister phenomenon
— Gharibabadi (@Gharibabadi) August 31, 2022
He noted that, despite the atrocities, the terror outfit was being openly supported by the so-called champions of human rights.
The official was referring to the Western countries, including the United States and its European allies, which had removed the cult’s name from their lists of terrorist groups and had granted its members complete freedom of movement and activity on their respective soils.
“The HCHR raps all forms of terrorism and calls for making a stand against this sinister phenomenon,” Gharibabadi concluded.
The Iranian Embassy in the Afghan capital of Kabul joined the chorus of commemoration, in a tweet, saying, “Iran is a victim of terrorism and simultaneously is at the forefront of the fight against terrorism.”
“Effective combating of terrorism requires joint international efforts and the avoidance of double standards,” the diplomatic mission concluded.
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