Indian RAW orchestrated Lahore terrorist attack: NSA
Pakistan’s national security advisor Dr Moeed Yusuf has said that Pakistan has “concrete evidence” of the involvement of India in last month’s deadly car bombing in Johar Town of Lahore.
“We have concrete evidence and intelligence including financial and telephone records that point to direct Indian sponsorship of these terrorists,” NSA Moeed Yusuf claimed at a joint news conference with Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry and Punjab Police IG Inam Ghani on Sunday.
“We clearly know about the main mastermind. He is an Indian citizen and lives in India. He has connections with RAW (Research and Analysis Wing),” he said. The officials, he said, have identified all characters involved in the attack, saying they knew “fake and real names” and addresses of these people.
“Through the forensic analysis, electronic equipment, which has been recovered from these terrorists, we have identified the main mastermind and the handlers of this terrorist attack. And we have no doubt 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 such attacks internationally.
The NSA said the terror financing to execute the Lahore blast originated from India and the money was transferred to the handlers in Pakistan through a third country.
Punjab police chief Inam Ghani said all those involved in the bombing have been arrested, including an Afghan named Eid Gul who lived in Pakistan and actually parked the explosives-laden car at the site of the blast.
On June 23, a powerful blast in Lahore’s Johar Town locality had killed three people and injured 22 others, including two police officials.
The NSA also recalled that Pakistan had presented to the world a dossier in November last year which contained minute details, including those about terror financing, bank accounts, calls and phone numbers indicating network linkages and terrorism rackets run by India.
In an unusual development, thousands of cyber attacks were carried out on Pakistan’s “investigation infrastructure” right after this attack in Lahore
“There is no doubt that the Johar Town incident and the cyberattacks were interlinked. They were part of one plan and thinking. The number of cyber-attacks and its magnitude makes it clear that there was the involvement of the state of our neighbouring country in it,” Dr Yusuf said.