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India involved in Chinese consulate attack in Karachi: AIG Shaikh

F.P. Report

KARACHI: Additional IG Karachi Dr Amir Shaikh said on Friday that India and its Research and Analysis (RAW) members were involved in the attack on the Chinese consulate in the metropolis’ Clifton area.

Addressing a press conference in Karachi, the top police chief said that five people have been arrested in relation to the attack, which took place in November last year.

He said that “terrorists belonging to the banned Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) were involved in the attack”. The purpose behind the attack was to create a rift between Pakistan and China and sabotage the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, he asserted.

“The attack was planned in Afghanistan,” he added. Further, Dr Shaikh shared, “Weapons for the attack were transported from Quetta to Karachi through train service and kept in a house in Baldia Town.”

“The suspects stayed at a residence in Baldia Town belonging to a man named Arif,” he said. “They conducted a recce of the Chinese consulate for four months.”

The additional IG said, “Only one suspect remains to be arrested.”

Earlier today, police said they have completed the probe into the attack on the Chinese consulate.

Security forces on November 23, 2018 foiled an attack on the Chinese consulate located in Karachi’s upscale Clifton, killing all three terrorists and seizing at least nine hand grenades, Kalashnikov bullets, magazines and explosives.

Two policemen, ASI Ashraf Dawood and Constable Amir, were martyred in the operation to foil the attack. Two civilians, a father and a son who had come from Quetta for visas, were also killed.

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