Wednesday, Jul 15, 2020 | Last Update : 12:17 PM IST

112th Day Of Lockdown

Maharashtra26766514900710695 Tamil Nadu147324973102099 Delhi115346932363446 Karnataka4407717391846 Gujarat43723305552070 Uttar Pradesh3972424981983 Telangana3774524840375 Andhra Pradesh3301917467408 West Bengal3283819931980 Rajasthan2557119169524 Haryana2262817090312 Madhya Pradesh1900513575673 Bihar1885313019143 Assam178081217451 Odisha14280986496 Jammu and Kashmir111736223195 Kerala8931443835 Punjab85115663213 Chhatisgarh4379327520 Jharkhand4225242836 Uttarakhand3686286750 Goa2753160718 Tripura218315382 Manipur167210200 Puducherry153182918 Himachal Pradesh130993810 Nagaland8963460 Chandigarh60044610 Arunachal Pradesh3871453 Meghalaya318462 Mizoram2381590 Sikkim211860
  World   South Asia  01 Jul 2020  Pakistani PM accuse India of Karachi stock exchange attack

Pakistani PM accuse India of Karachi stock exchange attack

REUTERS
Published : Jul 1, 2020, 10:10 am IST
Updated : Jul 1, 2020, 10:10 am IST

Khan offered no evidence for his allegation, but he said there had been intelligence reports warning of attacks in Pakistan

A paramilitary soldier (L) stands guard next to a board showing KSE-100 Index information at the Pakistan Stock Exchange a day after a gunmen attack in Karachi on June 30, 2020. (AFP)
 A paramilitary soldier (L) stands guard next to a board showing KSE-100 Index information at the Pakistan Stock Exchange a day after a gunmen attack in Karachi on June 30, 2020. (AFP)

Islamabad: Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan told parliament on Tuesday he had no doubt that India was behind an attack on the stock exchange building in the southern city of Karachi. Four gunmen armed with grenades attacked the Pakistan Stock Exchange on Monday, killing two guards and a policeman before security forces killed the attackers.

“There is no doubt that India is behind the attack,” Khan said in his address to parliament - a charge that India had denied a day earlier.

Khan offered no evidence for his allegation, but he said there had been intelligence reports warning of attacks in Pakistan and he had informed his cabinet about the threat.

The Baloch Liberation Army (BLA), a separatist insurgent group from the southwestern province of Balochistan, claimed responsibility for the attack in a message on Twitter.

Khan said Pakistan’s intelligence agencies had successfully preempted at least four major attacks in the country, two of which targeted Islamabad - but he said it was not possible to stop all such attacks.

The gunmen carried a heavy supply of arms and equipment and security officials believe they planned to storm the stock exchange building and take hostages.

Khan termed their failure to do so and the rapid response by security forces, as a “big victory”.

Separatists have been fighting for years in Balochistan, complaining its mineral wealth is unfairly exploited by Pakistan’s richer, more powerful provinces.

Pakistan has regularly blamed India for supporting Baloch separatists - a charge Delhi has repeatedly continuously denied.

The BLA also took responsibility for an attack on the Chinese consulate in Karachi in 2018.

Several projects linked to China’s Belt and Road initiative are in Balochistan.

Tags: karachi stock exchange attack, terrorism, imran khan, india-pakistan feud