India is behind 12th Rabiul Awwal attacks in Balochistan, says Interim Interior Minister of Pakistan
A boy injured in the explosion receives treatment at a hospital in Mastung near Quetta, Pakistan [District Police Office via AP]

Interim Interior Minister Sarfraz Ahmed Bugti has alleged that India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), its foreign intelligence agency, was behind recent terror attacks in Balochistan. Bugti made these claims without providing any evidence during a media briefing in Quetta. He stated that those involved in facilitating such attacks, regardless of their affiliation, were all linked to RAW.

This statement follows a suicide blast in Mastung, Balochistan, targeting a 12th Rabiul Awwal procession, resulting in 55 casualties. No group has claimed responsibility, although the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) denied involvement. A separate bombing occurred in Hangu, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, killing five people and injuring 12.

Bugti pledged to pursue terrorists relentlessly and emphasized that appeasement policies would no longer be tolerated. He expressed frustration with the state’s history of switching to appeasement policies after gaining strength against terrorists. Bugti also mentioned the recent investigation into attacks, which may have involved different organizations claiming responsibility.

While condemning the recent violence, he promised to take action against those responsible and address the issue of suspending district commissioners and superintendents of police. He noted that this was the first attack of its kind during the 12th Rabiul Awwal occasion in Balochistan, highlighting the previous targeting of the Hazara community and Muharram processions.

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