Pakistan Claiming India Link In Karachi Terror Attack Absurd: Foreign Ministry

Elias Hubbard
June 30, 2020

The gunmen attacked the building with grenades and guns.

The BLA along with other militant outfits have always been fighting for secession of the southwestern Balochistan province, which they claim was forcibly incorporated into Pakistan when it was founded in 1947.

According to reports, the attack in Karachi was carried out by Baloch armed groups who claim that the province of Balochistan is being plundered and exploited by the Pakistani establishment.

Following yesterday's attack, the Pakistani authorities vowed to strike back against any group found responsible for the onslaught, promising to dismantle their networks and destroy their bases.

Balochistan is a sparsely populated region, and the BLA and other militants have sanctuaries there and in adjoining areas in Pakistan. The Pakistan exchange is 40% controlled by a consortium of Chinese bourses.

The gunmen never made it into the stock exchange and business continued as usual after the attack.

The Rangers DG said the weapons, including AK-47 rifles and grenades, besides water and food recovered from their possession showed that they had come with the intention of entering the building, killing people or holding hostages. It's the worst terrorist incident in Pakistan's financial hub since 2018, when gunmen stormed the Chinese consulate and killed seven people, Bloomberg notes. In May 2019, it attacked the Pearl Continental Hotel in Gwadar, centerpiece of the CPEC, killing five. Gross domestic product is projected to be an anemic 1% for the fiscal year starting July by both the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. Gen. Umer Ahmed Bukhari, chief of the Sindh Rangers, a paramilitary force tasked with local security. "And among them, RAW's frustration is apparent to all of you", he told journalists.

"There is no doubt that India is behind the attack", Mr Khan said in his address to parliament.

In May a year ago, the BLA attacked a luxury hotel near the Afghan border at Gwadar, where a port development is the flagship project of a multi-billion dollar national infrastructure project funded by China. "But should an Indian hand be ruled out?"

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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