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PSX attack: Qureshi hints at India's involvement

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi hinted at India's involvement in attack on Pakistan Stock Exchange...

Updated Jun 30 2020

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi hinted at India's involvement in attack on Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX), in which a police personnel and three security guards were martyred and seven others were injured.

"After the recent terror attack in Waziristan, I have stated that India has activated the [terrorists] sleeper cells. If the dots of today's attack are connected, these will lead to that sleeper cell," Foreign Minister Qureshi said in a statement, adding that India was also involved in the attack on the security forces in Waziristan.

Qureshi also strongly condemned the attack, which was carried out by four gunmen, who were killed by the security forces within minutes, the responsibility for which was claimed by a banned Baloch separatist outfit, the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA).

The foreign minister added that Pakistan was opening the Kartarpur Corridor, while India did not seem to digest peace in Pakistan.

"India is being exposed before the world, like it was exposed on the issue of Laddakh with China... We will thwart all India's tactics and further expose India to the world," he said.

Qureshi pointed out that the atrocities committed by India in occupied Jammu and Kashmir were before the world.

He said the world was recognizing the sacrifices of Pakistan in the war against terror, adding that the country's security agencies were on full alert to thwart any threat to the country's security.

In a series of tweets, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on National Security Division, Moeed Yusuf also held India responsible for the attack, saying that there was an established link between the BLA and India.

"The int'l community must publicly call out & condemn countries that perpetrate terrorism against Pakistan. There is an established link b/w BLA, an int'l listed terror org [organization], and India, a state led by fascist govt that has again perpetrated terrorism in Pakistan through its proxies," Yusuf said.

He tweeted: "Pakistan's enemy is naked in its aggression. Make no mistake, today's attack in Karachi is state-sponsored terrorism against Pakistan. Our valiant countrymen and women have fought against this menace before and our resolve remains resolute."

Yusuf said the world must wake up to the suicidal tendencies of this destabilising actor that was 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 said.

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