Pakistan says India behind recent Lahore bombing – The Diplomat



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The explosion took place near the residence of the founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba Hafiz Saeed.

A rescuer examines the site of an explosion in Lahore, Pakistan on June 23, 2021. At a press conference on July 4, 2021 in Islamabad, Moeed Yousuf, Pakistan’s national security adviser, accused India for orchestrating the bombing.

Credit: AP Photo / KM Chaudary

Pakistan’s national security adviser accused India of orchestrating last month’s deadly car bombing in the eastern city of Lahore, saying on Sunday that an investigation showed it was organized by an Indian intelligence agent.

At a press conference in Islamabad, Moeed Yousuf said the investigation showed the man to be an Indian citizen living in India and working for that country’s intelligence agency, the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW ). He did not name the alleged brain.

“Through forensic analysis, electronic material, which was recovered from these terrorists, we identified the main mastermind and those responsible for this terrorist attack. And we have no doubts in informing you that the main mastermind belongs to RAW, lives in India and is an Indian citizen. He said Pakistan will continue its efforts to expose India’s sponsorship of these attacks internationally.

The explosion took place outside the residence of anti-Indian militant leader and founder-leader of Lashkar-e-Toiba Hafiz Saeed, who was himself designated a terrorist by the US Department of Justice and has a bounty of 10 million of dollars on his head. India accuses Saeed of helping to organize the deadly 2008 Mumbai bombings that killed nearly 170 people in several locations, including the luxurious Taj Hotel.

Saeed escaped unscathed from the powerful explosion in Lahore’s Johar Town neighborhood that left three people dead and 24 injured.

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India and Pakistan regularly accuse the other of carrying out covert attacks on each other’s territory. Saeed is a highly wanted suspect in India, and Pakistan has been criticized by India and the United States for not taking tougher action against him.

Punjab Police Chief Inam Ghani said everyone involved in the bombing was arrested, including an Afghan who lived in Pakistan, and actually parked the explosives laden car on the site of the explosion.

Indian Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi could not be reached for comment.



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