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Updated: March 8, 2010 17:26 IST

Pak Minister sees RAW hand in Lahore attack

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Rescue workers dig out a victim of a suicide car bombing in Lahore on Monday.
Rescue workers dig out a victim of a suicide car bombing in Lahore on Monday.

A Pakistani Provincial Minister on Monday alleged that India’s RAW was involved in the suspected suicide car bomb attack in Lahore, even as federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik claimed “signatures of India” were there in weapons seized from militants in the tribal areas.

Punjab Province Law Minister Rana Sanaullah alleged that India’s Research and Analysis Wing intelligence agency was involved in Monday’s suspected suicide car bomb attack on a special investigation unit that killed 12 people.

“Besides other neighbouring countries, India’s RAW agency is also involved. Israel and other countries could also be involved,” he told reporters in Lahore.

At the same time, Mr. Sanaullah claimed militants against whom Pakistani security forces were conducting operations in the Waziristan tribal region were behind the terrorist attacks.

He claimed these militants were being backed by “foreign hands”.

Speaking to reporters here, Mr. Malik identified India as the “foreign hand” behind several attacks in Pakistan.

Asked by reporters to identify the “foreign hand” behind the attacks, Mr. Malik said: “I have identified it several times. All the weapons are coming from Afghanistan. The signatures of India are very much there in weapons seized in (Pakistan’s) tribal areas.”

Mr. Malik said Pakistan would present “evidence” of India’s alleged involvement in the attacks whenever talks are held between the two sides.

“We have compiled the reports and evidence and whenever India sits for talks, we will raise this issue. We have also raised it several times and will continue raising it.

“That’s why we say India should come to the negotiating table and both sides can present their reservations and proof,” he added.

Mr. Sanaullah was in news recently for meeting and travelling with leaders of the banned Sipah-e-Sahaba terror group while campaigning for by-polls in Jhang district of Punjab.

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