PENNSYLVANIA — Pakistan’s largest mosque, the Darul Uloom Masjid, has been closed for the first time since a deadly 2009 attack that left nearly 60 people dead.
The mosque is located in the city of Peshawar and was built by the Pakistani government in the 1960s.
The Darul-Uloom mosque is considered one of the oldest mosques in Pakistan.
The government, which built it in the late 1950s, was unable to reopen it because of financial difficulties.
The Islamic seminary in Peshawar said in a statement that the Daruul-ul-Islam Masjids in the capital city of Islamabad, and all other mosques in the country, will reopen at once.
It said that the new facility would accommodate 500 people.
It is unclear what role the building will play in future religious affairs of the Pakistani state.
The mosque was built in 1965, a time when Pakistan was part of the Soviet Union and the Islamic Republic of Iran.
After the attack, then-President Asif Ali Zardari ordered the closure of all mosques in both Pakistan and Iran, which is also known as the Islamic republic of Iran, a designation that was never changed.
“This mosque was not designed for religious activity, but it was not a mosque that was built for a specific purpose.
Its purpose was to serve as a place for Muslims to pray, and it is not a place that is used for other religious activities,” Pakistan’s Inter-Services Public Relations office said in response to questions from The Associated Press.
“It was built to serve the needs of Muslims who were suffering in the conflict.”
In addition to the attack on the mosque, a suicide bomber killed two others in the same building on June 1, 2009, in Peshawar.
The blast killed 14 people and wounded more than 100.
In the wake of the attacks, the Pakistani Taliban and the Haqqani Network claimed responsibility for the attack.
A year later, the Haqan network released a video that showed the Prophet Muhammad preaching in a mosque.
The video has been viewed more than 30 million times on YouTube.