Federal interior ministry still sees outlawed TTP behind Islamabad blast


ISLAMABAD – The federal interior ministry is still believs that outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) and its fraction were behind the killings of at least 23 innocent men in Islamabad vegetable market, although a Balochistan’s insurgent group ‘United Baloch Army (UBA)’ had accepted the responsibility of the blast.

According to one news report published in country’s largest English daily, the federal interior ministry was not willing to accept UBA’s claim citing ‘very strong’ intelligence reports. In those reports, the secret agencies declared clearly that outlawed TTP and its fractions would carryout terrorist attacks.

Report quoted an interior ministry spokesman saying that the initial probe suggested that the UBA had nothing to do with the blast. “Accepting responsibility for the attack by this organisation is not just surprising, but also ridiculous,” spokesman said.

“Investigation by intelligence and security agencies had indicated that the blast had roots somewhere else. Those responsible for it will be chased after completion of the investigation,” he added.

PakistanTribe reported on April 8, citing a report, that outlawed Taliban were planning to carry out attacks in at least three cities including Islamabad, Peshawar and Quetta while using the cloak of ceasefire.

According to a comprehensive report submitted by the secret agencies (names kept anonymous in original report) thefederal and provincial authorities were altered regarding terrorist attacks in Islamabad, Peshawar and Quetta.

The leader of Jamat-e-Islami (JI) and negotiator on behalf of outlawed militants, Professor Ibrahim, joined the voice of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) to term the Islamabad Vegetable Market blast a ‘handiwork’ of anti-peace elements.

Moreover, the spokesman of outlawed TTP, Shahidullah Shahid also disassociated his militant group from carrying out the attack.

Shahid issued a statement saying “Death of innocent people in attacks on public places is deplorable.”

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Hissan Khan is currently working as the Editorial Head of Pakistan Tribe's Islamabad Office. Having work as current affairs host, news analyst and C4D expert, Hissan holds a good command over communication and development strategies.

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