Pakistan condemns assassination of Iranian scientist in Tehran

By: News Desk      Published: 08:57 PM, 3 Dec, 2020
Pakistan condemns assassination of Iranian scientist in Tehran
This November 30, 2020 photo shows members of Iranian forces carrying the coffin of slain top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh during his funeral ceremony in Tehran. AFP

Pakistan Thursday condemned the assassination of Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh in Tehran.

“We extend sincere condolences to the family members of Mr Fakhrizadeh and to the Iranian people,” said Foreign Office Spokesperson in a media release.

“Such acts not only run contrary to all norms of interstate relations and International Law but also threaten the peace and stability of an already fragile region. Pakistan strongly urges all sides to exercise maximum restraint and avoid further escalation of tensions in the region.”

The killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh -- whom Israel has dubbed the "father" of Iran's nuclear weapons programme -- has once more heightened tensions between Tehran and its foes, with President Hassan Rouhani accusing the Jewish state of acting as Washington's "mercenary".

Fakhrizadeh died on last Friday after being seriously wounded when assailants targeted his car and engaged in a gunfight with his bodyguards outside Tehran, according to Iran's defence ministry.