Gunmen attack Pakistani stock exchange in Karachi

Marco Green
June 30, 2020

India on Monday slammed Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi for his "absurd comments" linking India to the terror attack at the Pakistan stock exchange building in Karachi.

Four gunmen who attacked the Pakistan Stock Exchange in Karachi on Monday were killed by security forces, according to a Reuters report.

A policeman guards a auto used by alleged gunmen outside the Pakistan Stock Exchange building in Karachi on June 29, 2020.

Shazia Jehan, a police spokesman, said the bomb disposal team was also called to the stock exchange to clear the building of any explosive devices.

This month, three explosions on the same day claimed by a little-known separatist group killed four people including two soldiers in the southern province of Sindh, of which Karachi is capital.

A list of casualties issued by Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Accident Emergency & Trauma Centre showed that seven dead bodies and nine injured people were brought to the center.

Pakistan Stock Exchange's trading and settlement continued smoothly despite the attack since major traders don't sit at the exchange building, said Mohammad Sohail, chief executive officer at Topline Securities.

Police, however, insisted the militants failed to enter the building.

Pakistani officials have long accused India of supporting Baloch separatists and the accusation was levelled yet again after the attack on the PSX.

The stock exchange said in a statement the situation was still unfolding and management, with the help of security forces, was controlling the situation, Bloomberg reported. Authorities haven't yet confirmed if the group, which wants independence from Pakistan for Balochistan, an energy-rich province, was involved. "For now firing has stopped and reinforcement are in place", the tweet read.

"What did they [the BLA] lose in the attack?"

The area has been cordoned off by police.

The stock exchange has offices for hundreds of financial institutions and is situated in a high security zone along with head offices of banks and other businesses. All staff inside the building were unharmed. "Staff was there but it was less than normal", said the MD.

Terrorists opened fire when security officials were checking their vehicle, according to Habib.

Security personnel check a vehicle used by the attackers. He also clarified that the PSX had not received any kind of threat about an imminent attack.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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