Gunmen attack Pakistan stock exchange in terror attack

Elias Hubbard
June 30, 2020

India is the prime suspect behind a terrorist attack that targeted Pakistan's Karachi Stock Exchange, Prime Minister Imran Khan has alleged.

The Majid Brigade of the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) later took responsibility for the attack.

Several projects linked to China's Belt and Road initiative are in Balochistan and are opposed by the BLA.

He said no country, including Pakistan, had been able to measure the impact the coronavirus lockdown would have on the economy.

"Two were killed at the gate, and two of them went inside in an injured state and were then killed there", Edhi said, speaking to reporters close to the site of the attack in Karachi's main business district.

The former cricket star also drew criticism last week after he said former Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden had been "martyred".

Pakistan has long blamed India for funding the Balochistan separatist movement and other groups.

"Straightaway, I can assure you that this terrorist incident cannot have taken place without [the assistance of an] external agency".

Men with guns in uniforms stand in front of a stick exchange board
Separatists have claimed responsibility for an attack on the Pakistan Stock Exchange in Karachi Pakistan

According to CTD AIG Dr Jameel Ahmed, initial investigation indicates that the attackers had a long-term plan as besides rifles, Kalashnikovs, bullets and other weapons, they were carrying water bottles, petrol and edibles.

The video of the officer was shared widely online, with social media users calling Rafiq a hero.

Militants from the Baloch Liberation Army say they were behind the attack.

He said despite the unfavourable economic conditions, Pakistan was "saved" because the government opted against completely closing down the agriculture sector. "We shall protect Sindh at all costs", he said on Twitter.

"Trading is smooth and continuing. PSX benchmark index one of the Best Performer in Asia today so far", tweeted Mohammed Sohail, a broker at the exchange.

Reports say most people managed to escape or hide in locked rooms.

However, the situation has largely stabilised in recent years following operations by security agencies against armed political outfits.

Bukhari said the style of attack on the stock exchange was very much similar to that on Chinese consulate by the same group.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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