By The Editor
ISLAMABAD: Reacting very savagely to the arrest of its serving officer from Balochistan by Pakistani intelligence officials, Indian intelligence agency, Research & Analysis Wing (RAW) has unleashed multifaceted attacks including its traditional terror blitz via suicide bombers and with improvised violence through sectarian groups with its paid pawns being present in those groups.
In the fresh wave of violence and terror that is being described as security experts and counter-terror specialist as ‘lethal revenge’ by RAW over arrest of its serving field operator by ISI from Balochistan which has put both RAW and Indian government in acute state of embarrassment across the world and humiliated top Indian intelligence agency in front of its Pakistani arch rival, was planned soon after Pakistan announced the arrest of serving RAW officer from Balochistan province that has become the hub of RAW-backed terrorism. The decision to execute the plan of unleashing the sectarian violence and routine terrorism was made soon after Pakistani authorities started leaking some of the confessions that the arrested RAW man had made before the interrogators.
Under this plan, Junaid Jamshed, a famous pop singer of the past and a religious scholar of a particular sect today, was picked as the first target to generate sectarian violence. The experts say that it was not an isolated incident that some people saw Junaid jamshed randomly at the airport and decided to thrash him as Junaid Jamshed was not in any hiding and was frequently travelling here and there and was living a routine life and was not facing a shoot at sight or thrash at sight like situation by any means. It was just that someone was tracking his movement through certain technical means and informed the field operators about his location and the place selected was the outer lounge of the airport where there was almost no arrangements for the physical security visitors but it was a place where, if such incident is staged, could get enough coverage in media and the news could travel all over within minutes. Experts say that this incident needs to be investigated comprehensively. It remains a fact that the arrested RAW officer has admitted that RAW was using such devices and systems to track locations of required people through their mobile phones etc.
As the RAW officer, Commander Kulbhoshan Jhadev, had informed the interrogators that RAW has been funding certain heads of religious seminaries of different sects via Iran and Afghanistan for spreading sectarian hatred and to brainwash handpicked seminary student to become suicide bombers and killers in the name of the religion and that RAW had its pawns in different religious sects across Pakistan while many seminaries were considered as sleeper cells by RAW bosses, a student of a particular seminary of Lahore, who was living in Lahore for past one decade or so, was picked for a suicide attack in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park in the city. It is worth mentioning here that this time it was not possible for RAW to organize a suicide bomber from Waziristan area to Lahore as army’s Operation Zarb-e-Azb has eliminated all such possibilities to maximum, a local resident was used.
Again, keeping in view, the confessions of arrested RAW officer, some strangers were pushed into a procession at Rawalpindi. According to local leaders of the procession by a religious sect who had organized the procession, they did not know anything about the stranger violent mobsters who joined the procession from nowhere. The locals say they had no plans of any violence and also had no plan to stage a march towards Islamabad but the strangers, who had come from unknown origins, turned the peaceful procession into a violent mob and led the rally to violence and sabotage.
According to certain reports, Pakistani government was set to show the confessional video of the arrested RAW officers while it is also being said that it was planned to show the arrested RSAW man to the local and international media at a special press conference in Islamabad on Sunday and perhaps that was why RAW decided to execute the fresh terror-violence plan with aim to overshadow the said proposed press conference and to keep global media attention on rather major events in Pakistan. However the said press conference, if there was one, was not at held, either as a smart move to counter RAW plans or perhaps there was no such event formally planned.
Agencies add, At least 65 people have been killed while over 300 injured as a result of a deadly explosion that took place in Gulshan Iqbal Park, Lahore, on Sunday evening.
According to details, the rescue teams and police vehicles reached the scene and those wounded were transported to the Sheikh Zayed Hospital immediately.
According to the police, around 20kg of explosive was used to carry out the blast which also included ball bearings in it to do excessive damage. The police also state that the age of the suicide bomber who blew himself up was around 20-22 years.
The police sealed the area and are carried out investigation regarding the horrific incident. DIG Operations Haider Ashraf, while talking to media, said that the eye witness reports have stated that this was a suicide explosion. The park was crowded with people who were enjoying the holiday.
According to sources, the blast occurred at around 6:40pm PST. Provincial Health Advisor Khawaja Salman Rafique appealed to the citizens to donate blood in hospitals. A large portion of those who died in the blast include women and children.
Media obtained the picture of the identification card of the alleged suicide bomber, who has been identified by the name of Yousuf son of Ghulam Farid. Yousuf belonged to Muzaffargarh and his year of birth mentioned on the identification card is 1988.
As a result of the blast, windows of nearby buildings shattered and damage was done to various structures.
All public hospitals in the city were placed on emergency after the tragedy took place. Pakistan army troops reached the scene and took control over the entire park.
District Coordination Officer (DCO) Lahore Capt. (r) Muhammad Usman also reached the crime scene and while talking to the media he stated that no particular community was targretted in the blast. “The Gulshan Iqbal park belongs to all”, he said.
8 members of one family, which belonged to Sanghar, died in the blast whereas a father lost his two sons and a nephew in the tragic incident.
The attack was condemned by numerous significant personalities of the country. Chief Minister (CM) Punjab Shehbaz Sharif announced 3 days of mourning as a result of the tragedy. Indian Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi condomned the attack and expressed solidarity with the family of the victims of the blast.
Agencies further add, The Triple One Brigade of Pakistan Army has reached and taken control of security of the Red Zone area in Islamabad to control the law and order situation in the federal capital.
The charged crowd comprising thousands of demonstrators from Mumtaz Qadri’s chehlum had stormed and torched various places in Islamabad before finally breaching the Red Zone area. The Army was called in after the situation got out of control of the police and Rangers.
As many as 23 policemen, 8 Rangers personnel and 40 demonstrators were wounded in clashes between the demonstrators and security forces at Express Chowk area.
The Pakistan Army has taken control of all key buildings in the Red Zone and reportedly the situation has started coming in control and the demonstrators have started to disperse.
As per the latest details, the demonstrators have refused to negotiate with the administration and stated they won’t end the sit-in until their demands are met.
According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the army has reached and taken control to guard the Red Zone area.
The charged mob had torched various areas in Blue Area and staged sit-in at D-Chowk where the administration negotiated with the demonstrators.
The demonstrators stated they won’t leave until their demands are met.
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— The Daily Mail - People's Daily