Pakistan hints at involvement of India's intelligence agency RAW in Quetta blast

Pakistan hints at involvement of India's intelligence agency RAW in Quetta blast

Security officials (in photo) gather at the site of a bomb explosion in Quetta, Pakistan on August 11, 2016. The blast claimed more than 70 lives. (Reuters)

Quetta, Balochistan, Pakistan | Aug 13, 2016, 08.16 AM (IST)

Pakistan has, in a veiled statement, indicated that India's intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) might have collaborated with the local militant groups in carrying out Monday's terrorist attack in Quetta, which killed more than 70 people.

"Involvement of foreign elements working in cahoots with their local contacts in the condemnable terrorist attack in Quetta, which took a huge toll on the lives of innocent people, cannot be ruled out," the Express Tribune quoted foreign office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria as saying at the weekly press briefing in Islamabad yesterday.

Zakaria, who was responding to a question regarding the statement by Balochistan chief minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri that RAW was behind the Quetta bombing, claimed the Indian intelligence agencies remained involved in subversive and terrorist activities in the country, particularly in Balochistan and Karachi.

"The confessional statement by a serving [Indian] naval officer, who was apprehended by our law enforcement agencies has indeed vindicated Pakistan`s claim. The confession has led to significant success in rounding up elements of the network," he added.

Zakaria's statements come as tensions between the two Asian neighbours have soured in wake of the unrest in Kashmir.

He also dismissed India's claims of cross-LoC infiltration.

"Pakistan remains committed to the policy of not allowing its territory for any terrorist activity against anyone," he said.

Meanwhile, another Express Tribune report quoted a key commander of Pakistan Army today where he claimed that 'the neighbouring country has launched an unconventional war with Pakistan'.

“The arrest of Kulbhushan Yadav, the RAW agent, from Balochistan is an indication that India has mounted an unconventional war on us,” said Commander Southern Command Lt-Gen Aamer Riaz, according to the report. 

“Conspiracies are being hatched against Pakistan and foreign elements are aiding local militants to fuel unrest in the country,” he claimed.

In wake of the Kashmir issue following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani on July 8, Zakaria said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif`s foreign affairs advisor Sartaj Aziz has written a letter to the Arab League secretary-general seeking his attention on the Kashmir valley. 

(with inputs from ANI) 
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