Hyderabad: As thousands mourn the death of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, the Iran Consulate in Hyderabad has opened a book for the people to express their condolences.
The condolence book is open for the public till January 10 from 10 am to 12 pm and against from 2 pm to 5 pm in the premises of the Consulate, according to Mohammed Mehdi Khorasani, diplomacy officer at the Consulate.
‘An act of war’
Mourning the death, Mina Hadian, Vice Consul at the Iranian Consulate said, “I’m sure that the people of Hyderabad are aware of the heroics of Soleimani. We have heard about priests at churches who have talked about the slain general during mass. The question is not just about the Iranian general, but about what’s right and wrong. This assassination is against International law and it’s for the world to decide whether this killing is justified.”
She added, “The assassination of Gen. Soleimani is huge grief for our nation. He was a hero for us for he fought terrorism in Syria and Iraq from the Daesh (ISIS). His killing is an act of war. We think that Washington will promote terrorism in the Middle-East, with this act”
General Qasem Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), was killed in a drone strike undertaken by the United States on January 3. The United Nations called for a “de-escalation” of tension across the Gulf region, following the killing. Commenting on the air-strike, US President Donald Trump justified the attack saying that General Soleimani “was plotting imminent and sinister attacks on American diplomats and personnel but we caught him in the act and terminated him."