Too early to say who's behind Charsadda attack: FO

Published: January 21, 2016
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A file photo of Foreign Office spokesperson Qazi Khalilullah. PHOTO: PID

A file photo of Foreign Office spokesperson Qazi Khalilullah. PHOTO: PID

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office has said it was too early to draw conclusions regarding who was behind the deadly attack on Bacha Khan University in Charsadda.

“Investigations into the incident are underway. We should wait for completion of the investigations, before reaching any conclusion,” Foreign Office spokesperson Qazi Khalilullah said on Thursday.

Speaking at the weekly briefing in Islamabad, Khalilullah said, “Pakistan strongly condemns the attack on Bacha Khan University in which at least 21 people lost their lives.”

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“Initial investigations reveal that attackers were in contact with their handlers reportedly operating from Afghanistan” Khalilullah said.

Islamabad is likely to renew its demand from Kabul to eliminate TTP’s sanctuaries from Afghan soil, he added.

Following the attack on the state-run university, the chief military spokesperson said on Wednesday the Bacha Khan University attackers were in touch with their handlers in Afghanistan during the assault.

“The attackers were in touch with a number from Afghanistan,” Lt Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa, the director general of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), told a news briefing in Peshawar.

Bajwa said the SIMs used in the phones were of Afghan origin. He added that a mobile phone recovered from one of the attackers was receiving calls even after he had been killed.

Attackers handled from Afghanistan: ISPR

Four terrorists, armed with sub-machine guns, pistols and hand grenades, launched the attack around 8:45 when the campus was enveloped in thick morning fog. According to eyewitnesses and officials, the terrorists scaled the back wall of the campus and entered the guest house of the vice chancellor where they shot dead assistant caretaker Fakhre Alam.

A splinter group of the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed credit for the sickening violence at the Bacha Khan University in the Palosa area, 15 kilometres southeast of the main Charsadda Bazaar, though the fugitive leadership of the umbrella group denied involvement.

Pakistan, India talks

Responding to a question regarding Pakistan-India talks, Khalilullah said Pakistan and India were in contact with each other to finalise dates for foreign secretary level talks.

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“Talks were scheduled to take place in Islamabad on January 15, but following the recent Pathankot air base attack in India, both sides agreed to reschedule the talks in order to spend more time on the progress of the investigation.”

Referring to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to Saudi Arabia and Iran this week, Khalilullah said, “The main purpose of the visit was to defuse tensions between the two countries.”

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Reader Comments (15)

  • Azi
    Jan 21, 2016 - 1:48PM

    This leadership doesnt have the courage to utter India from their mouths. Congratulations, PMLN people, suffer what you have elected for the whole country.Recommend

  • Sharath Chandra
    Jan 21, 2016 - 2:08PM

    Pakistan should have used tactical nukes in Charsadda. it would have been a good deterrent. Even now they should nuke the place to exhibit their resolve.Recommend

  • Usman
    Jan 21, 2016 - 3:08PM

    When an attack happens in Indian soil they blatantly blame Pakistan, without any proof. Merely inferring from the past events and location as the bases for allegations. And here we are, waiting for the solid proof to spring up and clear our minds. Recommend

  • Smiling Buddha
    Jan 21, 2016 - 3:39PM

    @Azi:
    Wow you are a Super James bond, you are a super fast investigator to find out the real culprits behind university attack by just sitting infront of a computer. Where else the terrorist combing operation is still going on in Bacha khan univ. Interpol desperately looking for a bright people like you.Recommend

  • Asim Ali
    Jan 21, 2016 - 3:54PM

    This is the enemy within. Period. So get real and start dismantling the Jihadi infrastructure and plug the funding from friendly Arab countriesRecommend

  • Pankaj
    Jan 21, 2016 - 4:09PM

    @Usman:
    Till date no official statement is made by India where Pakistan is directly accused for Pathankot attack. If you take media drama as government’s official stand than I doubt your understanding. Indian government clearly said that the attacks were carried out by group based in Pakistan including some insider in India.Recommend

  • Pro
    Jan 21, 2016 - 4:35PM

    And when something bad happens in India, they instantly say Pakistan is behind it. Get some courage.Recommend

  • Malatesh
    Jan 21, 2016 - 4:47PM

    Publish those numbers and conversation transcripts, details of the registration of those numbers.. Hiding the facts will only shield culprits. Recommend

  • Shakil Khan
    Jan 21, 2016 - 4:50PM

    Merge FATA with KPK and implement same law enforcement there, recruit new Police, build new institutions, bring FATA at par with rest of the country! Recommend

  • Abbasi
    Jan 21, 2016 - 5:40PM

    @Smiling buddha
    wow you are such an idiot tell me did they blame anyone when the same people killed innocent children in peshawar? don’t fool yourself our politicians are worst heartless creature they are disgrace to our country PML-N, PPP or even IK they don’t care about us they just care about their government and dirty politicsRecommend

  • JD
    Jan 21, 2016 - 7:03PM

    @Sharath Chandra
    You guys send in your military to charsadda, we’ll happily use the TNW’s. The funny side to this is, your army will never reach charsadda.Recommend

  • Zen
    Jan 21, 2016 - 7:14PM

    @Azi:
    Sharif + Sharif have already submitted 3 dossiers to UN. They are probably waiting their outcome.Recommend

  • Zen
    Jan 21, 2016 - 7:33PM

    @Abbasi:
    Why are you blaming the politicians? Security lies with the establishment. Blame them for not naming the country of your choice.Recommend

  • Smiling Buddha
    Jan 21, 2016 - 11:00PM

    @Abbasi:
    Mr.Intelligent Abbasi if you are pointing fingers towards India please ask your intelligence agency to provide evidence as India did in Mumbai and Pathankot incidents. For your kind information All the terrorist are entering pakistan from western border not from eastern border. Do you think India is indulging in terrorist activities from western border where american army also presence over there. Stop bluffing and try to learn commenting decently. Recommend

  • Ahad
    Jan 22, 2016 - 12:49AM

    @Smiling Buddha: everyone is entitled to his or her opinion. By the way, how well do you know the person sitting behind a computer?Recommend

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