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Iran blasts illegal US raid in Pakistan



Iran’s Ambassador to Pakistan Mashallah Shakeri

Iran has lashed out at the US for mounting an attack in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad, dismissing the raid as a violation of the country’s sovereignty.

Iran’s Ambassador to Islamabad Mashallah Shakeri further said the US has proven its animosity to Pakistan by launching unsanctioned attacks on the South Asian country, a Press TV correspondent reported. 

“The US has proved its enmity by waging a nightly attack on a friendly country,” said the Iranian envoy in talks with the opposition leader in the Pakistani parliament Choudhry Nisar Ali Khan.

Shakeri lauded the Pakistani parliamentarian for his clear-cut stance on the mysterious killing of al-Qaeda ringleader Osama bin Laden in a US raid in Abbottabad.

The Iranian ambassador urged the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz’s (PML-N) leader not to compromise on the gruesome incident.

He also reaffirmed Iran’s backing for Pakistan, saying Tehran will spare no effort to further boost mutual ties with Islamabad as well as other friendly nations.

US President Barack Obama claimed that Osama bin Laden was killed by US forces on May 1 in a hiding compound in Pakistan, resisting while unarmed.

He added that the military mission was conducted without the knowledge of Pakistani authorities due to US mistrust of their purported South Asian ally.

A US official later announced that bin Laden’s body was abruptly buried at sea, falsely boasting that his hasty burial was in accordance with the Islamic law, requiring burial within 24 hours of death.

However, burial at sea is not an Islamic practice and Islam does not have a decree on a burial timeframe.

US officials also claimed their decision of the sea burial was made because no country would accept his remain, without elaborating on which countries were actually contacted on the matter.

Analysts, however, have raised serious questions as to why US officials did not allow for the application of a DNA test to officially confirm the identity of the corpse before the quick sea burial.

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