Pak PM Im­ran blames In­dia for Karachi at­tack

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - BUSINESS - Im­tiaz Ahmed let­ters@hin­dus­tan­

IS­LAM­ABAD: Pak­istan Prime Min­is­ter Im­ran Khan told Par­lia­ment on Tues­day that there was “no doubt” that In­dia was be­hind Mon­day’s at­tempted at­tack on the Pak­istan Stock Ex­change in Karachi.

“What hap­pened in Mum­bai, they wanted to do the same (in Karachi); they wanted to spread un­cer­tainty. We have no doubt this was done by In­dia,” Im­ran Khan said, re­fer­ring to the 2008 Mum­bai at­tacks in which more than 160 peo­ple were killed.

In his ad­dress, he also praised a po­lice sub-in­spec­tor and three se­cu­rity guards who lost their lives dur­ing the at­tack. He called them “heroes of Pak­istan”.

“They gave sac­ri­fices and thwarted a ma­jor in­ci­dent, which was planned by In­dia to desta­bilise us,” he said, adding that the at­tack­ers had a lot of am­mu­ni­tion and they wanted to take hostages.

“My cabi­net and its min­is­ters know that all our agen­cies were on high alert. Our agen­cies pre­empted at least four ma­jor at­tempts of ter­ror­ism and two of them were around Is­lam­abad.

“We were fully pre­pared ... this was a huge win for us,” he said, pay­ing trib­ute to the se­cu­rity agen­cies.

On Mon­day, For­eign Min­is­ter Shah Mehmood Qureshi made a sim­i­lar claim.

Re­act­ing sharply to Qureshi’s re­marks, In­dia de­scribed it as “ab­surd com­ments.” In a strongly-worded re­sponse, ex­ter­nal af­fairs min­istry spokesper­son Anurag Sri­vas­tava said un­like Pak­istan, In­dia has no hes­i­ta­tion in con­demn­ing ter­ror­ism any­where in the world, in­clud­ing in Karachi.

Im­ran Khan

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