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Elahian on Day of Campaign against Terrorism

We Should Not Let Arrogant Powers to Pretend Advocacy to Human Rights

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TEHRAN, Aug 30 (ICANA) – As Iran marks August 30 designated as the Day of Campaign against Terrorism a senior Iranian lawmaker says the occasion is a good opportunity for the IRI to carry the banner of campaign against terrorism as a vanguard state in the field.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011 10:13:21 PM
We Should Not Let Arrogant Powers to Pretend Advocacy to Human Rights

Chairman of the Iranian Parliament's Human Rights Committee, Zohreh Elahian, said Iran as a country hurt most by terrorism should not let the arrogant powers which have been the main backers of terrorists in the world to monopolize the catchphrase of 'war on terror' and pretend to be an advocate of human rights.

Speaking to ICANA on Tuesday, Elahian said the West was working hard to accuse Iran of being an sponsor of terrorism in order to mislead the public opinion of the world. "Over the past couple of years, Iran has held two forums on war on terror one of which was attended by world leaders and NGO," said the top MP. She said during the two conferences the participants welcomed Iran's central role in the fight against terrorism.




Stressing that Washington and London were the main sponsors of terrorism in the world, Elahian who also sits on the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of the majlis, said: "Today we witness how leaders of these countries support terrorist groups next door in Iraq and Afghanistan and create insecurity in the region."

She said the arrogant powers in the West are the main cause of state terrorism and through their fake support for war on terror in fact sought excuses for military occupation of other states.

Elahian said there are 16,000 families in Iran who are victims of terrorism and urged the government to take due measures to restore their rights. She added that a faction had been launched in the parliament by the Human Rights Committee to cope with the issue of terrorism. By establishing contacts with different international NGOs and seeking their support "we must convey the voice of innocent victims of terrorism to the entire world more effectively."

On August 30, 1981 the terrorist group of Mojahedeen Khalq Organization (MKO) assassinated former President Mohammad Ali Rajaei and his Prime Minister Mohammad Javad Bahonar. They were among the first IRI leaders assassinated callously by the MKO. The day is marked in Iran as the Day of Campaign against Terrorism.

The two were killed in a bombing  almost two months after Chief Justice Seyyed Mohammad Hosseini Beheshti was killed along with 72 state officials and lawmakers in another MKO bomb blast in Tehran. The MKO is regarded by many countries as a terrorist organization.

After the victory of Islamic Revolution, the US and its allies made every effort to destabilize the newly-born Iran. They backed the MKO, which had explicitly stated that it would take arms against the Islamic Republic and would fight until the subversion of Iran's government.

But supporting the MKO is only a single part of the US government's anti-Iran agenda. In 2007, the US Congress agreed to a request from former President George W. Bush to fund a major escalation of covert and overt operations against Iran.

According to current and former US military, intelligence, and congressional sources, these operations, for which the President asked for up to four hundred million dollars, are designed to destabilize Iran by any means possible, including sponsoring other terrorist groups such as the Free Life Party of Kurdistan or the PJAK and the Jundollah.

These infamous groups have also carried out many terrorist attacks against Iranian officials and civilians in places such as Kurdistan, Ahvaz, Shiraz, Tehran and Zahedan.

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