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Pakistan accuses India of sponsoring terrorist attack on Karachi Stock Exchange

Pakistan’s Foreign
Minister and National Security Advisor Dr Moeed Yusuf have
accused India for sponsoring Monday’s terrorist attack on Karachi Stock
Exchange which left the four terrorist and four security official killed.

According to media reports, 4 heavily
armed terrorists tried to enter Pakistan Stock Exchange Karachi building
Saturday morning using latest weapons and hand grenades. However, timely action
of the security forces thwarted the attempt.

According to a police statement, one
sub-inspector and two security guards were killed in the attack. Seven people,
including three police officials, have been injured, the statement said.

All the terrorists were killed while
a number of persons wounded in exchange of fire between security forces and the
terrorists.

While strongly
condemning the attack, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in a statement suggested that India
was involved in the deadly attack, recalling that he had stated after an attack
in Waziristan that New Delhi had activated its “sleeper cells” in the
country.

The circumstances of
today’s attack, if examined, “will lead to the same sleeper cells”,
Qureshi added.

“India cannot
tolerate peace in Pakistan,” the minister said, adding that India was
involved in the attack on Pakistani troops as well.

He said India was
being “exposed” before the world, including through its confrontation
with China in Ladakh and its oppression of people in Indian-occupied Kashmir.

Meanwhile, Special
Assistant to the Prime Minister on National Security Dr Moeed Yusuf tweeted:
“Make no mistake, today’s attack in Karachi is state-sponsored terrorism
against Pakistan.”

He said the world
“must wake up to suicidal tendencies of this destabilizing actor that is
finding distractions to overcome its own failures and embarrassment”.

“Our warnings
have come true repeatedly. Whether on demographic re-engineering in Kashmir or
sponsored terrorism against Pakistan,” he added, without naming India.

In a later tweet,
Yusuf called upon the international community to “publicly call out and
condemn countries” that perpetrates terrorism against Pakistan.

“There is an
established link between BLA, an international listed terror organization, and
India, a state led by [a] fascist government that has again perpetrated
terrorism in Pakistan through its proxies,” he wrote.

The Baloch Liberation Army – The Indian Connection

The Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) said its Majeed
Brigade was responsible for the attack. The BLA issued the list of the terrorists
involved in today’s attack. Members included, Tasleem Baloch, Shehzad Baloch,
Salman Hammal and Siraj Kungur.

“The Baloch
Liberation Army is an armed separatist group that targets security forces and
civilians, mainly in ethnic Baloch areas of Pakistan,” U.S. State Department
said in a statement while designating the BLA as a terrorist organization on
July 2, 2019.

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