R&AW involved in Chinese consulate attack: AIG Shaikh

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KARACHI: The Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) members were involved in the Chinese consulate attack that took place in Karachi last year, said AIG Amir Shaikh, on Friday.

“The attack on the Chinese consulate in Karachi was planned by R&AW members,” said Additional IG Amir Shaikh, while conducting a press conference. “The attack’s planning took place in Afghanistan.”

On November 23, 2018, terrorists attack the Chinese consulate in Karachi, martyring two policemen. Security forces foiled the militants’ attempt to cause major damage and managed to kill all militants.

“The weapons for the attacks were transported to Karachi via Quetta by train,” said the AIG. “The weapons were kept in a house in Baldia Town.”

He said that terrorists had done recce of the Chinese consulate for four months before they launched the attack.

“Terrorists belonging to the banned Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) were involved in the attack,” he said. “Only one suspect remains to be arrested.”

He said that the attack was an attempt to cause a rift between Pakistan and China.

The Chinese consulate attack had claimed four lives. ASI Ashraf Dawood and Constable Amir were martyred in the operation as they attempted to foil the attack. Two civilians, a father and a son who had come from Quetta for visas, also died in the attack.