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  • Aug 9th, 2016
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Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) General Raheel Sharif on Monday ordered to launch special combing operations in Balochistan, describing the Quetta terror attack as an attempt to undermine improved security in the province with special focus on targeting the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

"Intelligence agencies will go anywhere in the country to target anyone linked with these terror acts," Director General of Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Lieutenant General Asim Bajwa tweeted on his official Twitter account following the deadliest terrorist attack in Quetta Civil Hospital which left more than 70 dead and 112 injured. The army chief issued these orders while chairing a security meeting at Corps Headquarters Quetta, where Balochistan Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri, Chief Secretary Balochistan and Commander Southern Command Lieutenant General Amir Riaz were also present.

Bajwa quoted the army chief as having told the meeting that "having been defeated in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the terrorists are shifting focus to Balochistan in an attempt to undermine the improved security in the province, especially targeting CPEC". Army Chief assured the provincial government that all resources would be utilised to control the situation. The sources said that the meeting also decided to expedite actions against the facilitators of India's RAW in the province, which is being blamed for the attack to create an impression of lawlessness with a focus to target the CPEC.

Earlier in the day, Chief Minister Balochistan Sanaullah Zehri blamed RAW for its involvement in the Quetta carnage, adding the Indian spy agency was behind the terrorist activities in the province. Pakistan has time and again accused India of funding, arming and encouraging insurgency in Balochistan and also arrested a serving Indian navy officer Kulbhushan Yadav who in a confessional statement to the law enforcement agencies admitted that he was working for RAW to disrupt the CPEC. Pakistan also shared the evidence of RAW involvement in terrorist activities with the United Nations as well with the US. According to Lieutenant General Talaat Masood (retd), a senior defence analyst, India will never miss an opportunity to destabilise Pakistan, adding our security forces and the law enforcement agencies should be more vigilant to thwart any threat to the country's important national interests like the CPEC.

"You cannot rule out involvement of RAW in the attack," he said, adding that security forces have claimed to have arrested RAW agents who were on a mission to support terrorism in Pakistan's tribal areas as well as Balochistan and Karachi. Defence sources maintained that RAW was supporting the banned outfits like Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) to destabilise the country. They also referred to the statement given by the arrested TTP operative Latif Mehsood, a close aide of Hakimullah Mehsood, who on January 30, 2016 revealed to the security forces that Indian RAW and Afghan intelligence agency NDS were jointly directing terrorism attacks in Pakistan.

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