Published On: Mon, Aug 8th, 2016

RAW hand can’t be ruled out in Quetta attack: Musharraf


KARACHI: Former president gen retired Pervez Musharraf believes that role of Indian spy agency Research Analysis Wing (RAW) cannot be ruled out in the deadly Quetta blast today.

In a statement, Mr. Musharraf it felt very painful to see loss of precious lives in terrorism incidents across Pakistan.

He called upon the government to cut off ties with Modi in better national interest.

The ex-president was of the view that India didn’t respect Pakistan as its neighbor and always conspire sabotage law and order here.

At least 53 people were killed Monday when a powerful explosion ripped through a hospital in Quetta as witnesses described tearful staff rushing towards the smoking blast site to help dozens of wounded.

The explosion in Quetta came as up to 200 people gathered at the Civil Hospital after the fatal shooting of a senior local lawyer.

Video footage showed bodies strewn on the ground, some still smoking, among pools of blood and shattered glass as shocked survivors cried and comforted one another.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for either the blast or the shooting of the lawyer.

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has strongly condemned two attacks targeting lawyers in Quetta on Monday.

It has also slammed the authorities’ inability to protect citizens through effective counter-terrorism measures.

In a statement, the Commission said: “HRCP condemns in the strongest possible terms the killing of Balochistan Bar Association President Bilal Anwar Kasi and the bombing at Quetta’s Civil Hospitalwhich has claimed 53 lives so far and injured 50 people. A large number of the casualties are lawyers and at least two media workers have been killed and a number of them injured.

“This coordinated mowing down of lawyers is absolutely unacceptable and outrageous. Official condemnation of this latest massacre in Quetta or calling it the work of a foreign intelligence agency is not enough. The state has the responsibility to safeguard the lives of all citizens from all actors who have an appetite for bloodletting.

“The people are justified in asking where were our security agencies when these actors, foreign or Pakistani, were plotting or causing mayhem in Quetta. The government must go beyond calling Monday’s terrible events a security lapse and explain why it has failed to prevent such a terrible attack.

How does the government plan to ensure that its counter-terrorism plan, whatever it is, actually prevents terrorism? It is particularly important to focus on security of citizens in Balochistan, where signs of some let up in violence over recent months had fuelled hopes, apparently prematurely, for a return to normalcy.

“The fact that the reprehensible attack that caused large-scale casualties on Monday occurred in a hospital, which are not supposed to be targeted even during wartime, must spur the authorities into taking action against militants of all shades. This is not the first time either that a hospital has been attacked in Quetta after victim/s from an earlier attack were brought there.

In June 2013, a bombing in a bus carrying Sardar Bahadur Khan Women’s University students was followed by gun-and-bomb attacks on Bolan Medical College hospital when the victims were brought there for treatment. The failure to provide adequate security at the hospital in the circumstances is highly regrettable. 

“HRCP urges the government to ensure that the public resources are used for securing the lives of all citizens. No one, in Quetta or elsewhere, will grudge security or protocol details for VIPs or for sports festivals if that does not come at the expense of security for the people.

“No amount of money could make up for the loss of the bereaved families, but the least the government can do now is give adequate compensation to the families of the victims and the injured so that at least their financial needs are met at this difficult time.

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- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology