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FARS NEWS AGENCY Posted Wed., Jan.06, 2016
TEHRAN (FNA)- A prominent Syrian dissident leader says Israel has persuaded the Riyadh government to kill prominent Saudi Muslim cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr (pic above).
“It is clear that the Saudis had taken order from their masters in Tel Aviv and the US to commit the crime of executing Sheikh Nimr.
“Therefore, it is not surprising to say that the decision to execute Sheikh Nimr was taken in Tel Aviv and confirmed in Washington,” Secretary-General of al-Talia opposition party Noufal Noufal told FNA on Wednesday.
He said that the al-Saud has always been a tool in the US hands to implement its plots in the region.
Noting that the al-Saud and ISIL are two sides of the same coin which seek to foment sectarian strife in the region, Noufal said, “Saudi Arabia executed Sheikh Nimr to provoke Iran into sectarian tensions in the region but Iran sees no place for sectarian conflicts in its equations and assumes it to be an undignified move.”
In relevant remarks yesterday, Secretary-General of Pakistan’s Muslim Unity Council Party Raja Nasser Abbas Jafari condemned killing of Sheikh Nimr by Riyadh, and said the execution showed the real face of the Saudi state terrorism.
“Sheikh Nimr played an important role in uniting Muslims and the US and Israel feared his anti-colonialist activities,” Abbas Jafari said on Tuesday.
“His execution revealed the real face of the biggest state terrorism in the world to every one,” he added. Abbas Jafari said that Sheikh Nimr was a prominent Muslim figure and therefore, his execution will finally lead to the collapse of the al-Saud.
He called on the international community not to keep mum on Saudi Arabia’s crimes and take serious action to prevent its continued tyranny.
Also, on Monday, Abdel Bari Atwan, the editor-in-chief of Rai al-Youm newspaper, underlined that the execution of Sheikh Nimr and 46 other people in Saudi Arabia was a calculated move by Riyadh to increase sectarian differences among Muslims.
“Whoever took the decision for the executions was after sending a provocative message to enemies inside and outside Saudi Arabia,” Atwan wrote on Monday. According to him, Saudi Arabia seeks to exacerbate the sectarian crisis in the region and persuade provocative acts among the Shiites and Sunnis.
Atwan said it is no coincidence that the mass execution was carried out after Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman announced the formation of a military, security and political coalition of 34 countries followed by establishment of the Turkey-Saudi Arabia strategic cooperation council.
The Saudi interior ministry announced on Saturday the execution of 47 people, including Sheikh Nimr.
After the announcement, Sunni and Shiite Muslims from across the world rushed to condemn his execution, vowing revenge.
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