• Tue / 21 June 2016 / 10:24
  • Category: Politics
  • News Code: 95040100187
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Sheikh Qassim, redline for Bahrain’s regime: IRGC commander

سردار سلیمانی

TEHRAN (ISNA)- A senior commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) said the sanctuary of the most senior Bahraini Shia cleric, Sheikh Isa Qassim, is a redline whose violation will set fire to Bahrain and the entire region.

Major General Qasem Soleimani, commander of IRGC's Quds Force, said on Monday that overstepping this redline would “leave the people (of Bahrain) with no other choice but armed resistance.”

Bahrain on Monday revoked the citizenship of Sheikh Isa Ahmed Qassim, claiming that he has been involved in spreading extremism.

“Definitely, Al Khalifah will pay the price for this and it will result in nothing other than the collapse of this bloodthirsty regime,” the IRGC commander said.

Soleimani warned that supporters of Bahrain's Al Khalifah regime must know that disrespect to Sheikh Qassim and the continuation of excessive crackdown on Bahraini people will “trigger a bloody intifada,” whose consequences would be on those who legitimize the outrageous behavior of Bahrain's rulers.

The IRGC commander further noted that the Al Khalifah regime is committing more crimes on a daily basis and represses the people of Bahrain while the United Nations, the US and Western countries maintain their "meaningful silence."

Bahrain’s Interior Ministry claimed in a statement that Sheikh Qassim actively sought the “creation of a sectarian environment” through his connections with foreign powers.

The ministry claimed that the cleric had misused his religious position to advance a political agenda and serve foreign interests.

The Interior Ministry’s statement added that the senior cleric “caused harm to the interests of the Bahraini kingdom or had acted contrary to the duty of loyalty to the government,” presstv reported.

Describing as illegal donations to Sheikh Qassim by his followers in Bahrain, the statement further accused the cleric of receiving money and using it without obtaining the required legal licenses.

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