The body of a government worker at the Federal Investigation Agency killed by a Taliban assault team is carried out by rescue workers.. EPA photo.
Before the smoke even cleared from the terror assaults on three police centers in Lahore, a senior police official has pointed the finger at India’s intelligence agency for masterminding the attacks. From The Times of India:
Shortly after terrorists struck at the Federal Investigation Agency office and two police training centres, Lahore Commissioner Khusro Pervez blamed the Research and Analysis Wing, India’s external intelligence agency, for terrorist activities across Pakistan.
“The enemy has engaged us in the North West Frontier Province and other areas. There have been suicide attacks in several cities. The enemy is no longer hidden. There is a lot of evidence showing the involvement of (a neighbouring country). They openly say they want to destabilise Pakistan,” Pervez told reporters.
Pervez also alleged India had set up training camps for terrorists in Afghanistan’s Paktia region. He questioned India’s reasons for setting up consulates in Afghanistan.
Hours later, Malik said government officials should not speculate about the involvement of any country in the attacks without proof.
“We cannot rule out the possible involvement of foreign forces but I do not want to name any country without evidence,” he told journalists.
I’ve said this before but it bears repeating.
If the Pakistani government and military have extensive evidence of their arch-rival backing the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, why did they cut a deal with Sufi Mohammed, Mullah Fazlullah’s father-in-law and a known front man for the Taliban, this spring?
Why were Pakistani officials in negotiations with Baitullah Mehsud last summer in an attempt to end hostilities?
Why would a senior Pakistani general describe Baitullah as “a patriot” when tensions between Indian and Pakistan flared late last year after the Mumbai assault? If Baitullah was an agent of RAW, wouldn’t that make him a traitor? And what does that say about the Corps Commander who feted Baitullah?
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