KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) – Pakistan’s national security adviser has accused India of orchestrating last month’s deadly car bombing in…
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) – Pakistan’s national security adviser accused India of orchestrating last month’s deadly car bomb in the eastern city of Lahore, claiming Sunday that an investigation had shown that it had been organized by an agent of the Indian intelligence services.
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 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 Hafiz Saeed, who has himself been designated a terrorist by the US Department of Justice and has a bounty of $ 10 million on his head. India accuses Saeed of helping to sponsor the deadly 2008 Mumbai bombings that killed nearly 170 people on multiple occasions, including the luxurious Taj Hotel. He escaped unscathed from the powerful explosion in the Johar Town district of Lahore which left three dead and 24 injured.
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.
___ Ashok Sharma in New Delhi contributed.
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