India behind PSX attack: PM

June 30, 2020

ISLAMABAD : Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that India is responsible for the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) attack in Karachi a day earlier as New Delhi has planned to destablise the country. Speaking at the floor of the National Assembly on Tuesday, the Prime Minister appreciated the security personnel for thwarting the attack, which he said, could otherwise have been a major tragedy. “We have no doubt that India is behind the attack,” he categorically said. Paying his tributes to the martyrs, the Prime Minister said they are heroes of the country. “The following names I’m reading out are Pakistan’s heroes: Sub Inspector Shahid Shaheed and three stock exchange security guards — Iftikhar, Khudayaar, Hasan Ali — and I am saddened to tell you when Hasan Ali’s sister heard of her brother’s martyrdom, she had a heart attack and passed away.” “I’m paying tribute to them because our security forces made a huge sacrifice and fought [the terrorists] and a major tragedy planned by our neighbouring country, India, to destabilise our country was thwarted,” he added. The Prime Minister said the four heavily-armed terrorists aimed to stage a hostage situation similar to the one that happened years ago in Mumbai when terrorists had attacked the Bombay Stock Exchange in 2008. He said the terrorists had planned to do exactly the same in the [Pakistan] Stock Exchange and murder innocent people to create an atmosphere of instability and uncertainty. “We have no doubts that this plan was made by India,” he added. “My cabinet knew for the last two months [that there would be an attack and] I had informed my ministers. All our agencies were on high alert,” he added. The Prime Minister said that intelligence agencies had preempted four major terrorism attempts beforehand and two of them were near Islamabad. “We were fully prepared and I thank God — because no matter how much you’re prepared, you cannot fully stop it, we all know that the world’s most powerful armies and agencies cannot such attacks — but this was a major victory for our nation. Apart from the martyrs, I also wish to pay tribute to our intelligence agencies,” he added

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