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Pakistan accuses India of sponsoring terrorist attack on Karachi Stock Exchange

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Pakistan's Foreign Minister and National Security Advisor Dr Moeed Yusuf have accused India for sponsoring Monday's terrorist attack on Karachi Stock Exchange which left the four terrorist and four security official killed.

According to media reports, 4 heavily armed terrorists tried to enter Pakistan Stock Exchange Karachi building Saturday morning using latest weapons and hand grenades. However, timely action of the security forces thwarted the attempt.

According to a police statement, one sub-inspector and two security guards were killed in the attack. Seven people, including three police officials, have been injured, the statement said.

All the terrorists were killed while a number of persons wounded in exchange of fire between security forces and the terrorists.

While strongly condemning the attack, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in a statement suggested that India was involved in the deadly attack, recalling that he had stated after an attack in Waziristan that New Delhi had activated its "sleeper cells" in the country.

The circumstances of today's attack, if examined, "will lead to the same sleeper cells", Qureshi added.

"India cannot tolerate peace in Pakistan," the minister said, adding that India was involved in the attack on Pakistani troops as well.

He said India was being "exposed" before the world, including through its confrontation with China in Ladakh and its oppression of people in Indian-occupied Kashmir.

Meanwhile, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on National Security Dr Moeed Yusuf tweeted: "Make no mistake, today's attack in Karachi is state-sponsored terrorism against Pakistan."

He said the world "must wake up to suicidal tendencies of this destabilizing actor that is finding distractions to overcome its own failures and embarrassment".

"Our warnings have come true repeatedly. Whether on demographic re-engineering in Kashmir or sponsored terrorism against Pakistan," he added, without naming India.

In a later tweet, Yusuf called upon the international community to "publicly call out and condemn countries" that perpetrates terrorism against Pakistan.

"There is an established link between BLA, an international listed terror organization, and India, a state led by [a] fascist government that has again perpetrated terrorism in Pakistan through its proxies," he wrote.

The Baloch Liberation Army - The Indian Connection

The Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) said its Majeed Brigade was responsible for the attack. The BLA issued the list of the terrorists involved in today's attack. Members included, Tasleem Baloch, Shehzad Baloch, Salman Hammal and Siraj Kungur.

"The Baloch Liberation Army is an armed separatist group that targets security forces and civilians, mainly in ethnic Baloch areas of Pakistan," U.S. State Department said in a statement while designating the BLA as a terrorist organization on July 2, 2019.

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