[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets.]

[Personal information has been redacted.]

[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]

[Newspaper:] Ashofteh

[Date:] 7 Dey 1335 [28 December 1956]

[Issue No.:] 51


Whether and whether

After my respects, as you are aware, these days the issue of fighting the Baha’is has overshadowed all other important issues and needs. I would like to say beforehand that I grew up in a religious family in the full sense of the word, and I have no desire but to exalt the name of dear Iran and to observe the glory of the courageous people of Iran.

I believe that any group, party or individual who may in any way hinder the progress and advancement of the Iranian nation should be severely punished and suppressed as soon as possible…

... Are not the religious leaders and clergy capable of clarifying the situation of the Baha’i sect after the government’s reform plans have been implemented?

If the Baha’is complain to the United Nations, can the Iranian government [not] claim that this is an internal matter and Iranian people should judge it, and not others?

Abadan. Asefian

Ashofteh: This letter arrived in early June and today it is time to publish it. Therefore, since there is no current discussion about Baha’is, the response to Mr. Asefian’s questions can be found in his own letter.