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Terrorists attack Pakistan Stock Exchange in Karachi; 11 killed, hostage situation foiled
 
Karachi: Four heavily armed militants, believed to be from a banned Baloch terror group, on Monday made a brazen attempt to take over the Pakistan Stock Exchange building here, killing four security guards and a police officer before being shot dead by security forces. The militants, who arrived in a car around 10am, opened indiscriminate fire and lobbed grenades at the main gate of the multi-storey building situated in the city''s high-security commercial hub as they tried to storm it. Armed with automatic machine guns, grenades and explosives, they tried to enter into the compound leading to the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) building through a parking lot but security forces foiled their attack within the compound itself, Deputy Superintendent of Police (South) Jamil Ahmed said.

"The militants lobbed hand grenades and opened fire initially at the compound entrance to force themselves into the compound but one of them was killed immediately and that pushed them back,” he said. Director General Rangers Sindh Major-General Omer Ahmed Bokhari, addressing a press conference in Karachi, said the attackers intended to not only enter the building but also carry out violence and hold people hostage. "Every terrorist was armed with weapons that included AK-47s, hand grenades, rocket launchers. They were also carrying food and water,” he said. "The PSX is an important symbol of economic activity hence the objective of these militants was to increase casualties here and hold hostages.

"It was an attempt to send a message to the world that Pakistan is not safe. They wanted to damage Pakistan''s economic activity and harm investors'' confidence," he said. The police and Rangers'' officials killed all the four terrorists near the entrance gates within eight minutes, he said. Four security guards, a police sub-inspector and two civilians were killed in the heavy exchange of fire at the PSX compound on Karachi''s I.I. Chundrigar Road, also known as Pakistan''s Wall Street, the police said. The Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) linked Majeed Brigade claimed responsibility for the attack. The group is banned in Pakistan, the UK and the US. The BLA has carried out several terrorist attacks in the past, including a suicide attack in August 2018 that targeted Chinese engineers in Balochistan, a November 2018 attack on the Chinese consulate in Karachi, and a May 2019 attack against Pearl Continental hotel in Gwadar, Balochistan.

A senior official of the Counter-Terrorism Department said that one of the militants was identified as Salman, who hails from Balochistan. PSX Managing Director Farrukh Khan said that the "number of people in the compound was lower than normal today as many people are still staying home due to the COVID-19". He said trading continued without interruption. Sindh''s Inspector-General of Police Mushtaq Mahar said that the bodies of the attackers have been sent for forensics. "None of them managed to even get close to the main building. All four were killed at the entrance of the compound which leads to the PSX," he said. Sindh Police surgeon Dr Qarar Ahmed Abbasi confirmed that seven bodies and seven injured, including policemen, have been brought to Karachi''s Civil Hospital.

The firing by militants caused panic among the people in the building. Some of the traders told television news channels that soon after the firing started, they huddled together in their offices and cabins as they were told to remain indoors. "We were scared about what would happen if these terrorists managed to enter the building…,” a trader said. PSX Board Chairman Sulaiman Mehdi said "trading didn''t close even for a minute" due to the attack. According to some media reports, the attackers were reportedly wearing clothes usually worn by police officials while they are off-duty. President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan condemned the "terrorist attack" and said that the country is determined to root out terrorism from its soil. President Alvi, in a statement, said that terrorists will never succeed in their nefarious designs.

Prime Minister Khan condemned the attack and said that the entire nation is proud of the valiant personnel of the security agencies. While strongly condemning the attack, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi alleged that India was involved in the attack. "India cannot tolerate peace in Pakistan," he said, adding that India was involved in the attack. Reacting sharply to Qureshi''s remarks, India described it as "absurd comments." In a strongly-worded response, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said unlike Pakistan, India has no hesitation in condemning terrorism anywhere in the world including in Karachi.

Later, Pakistan Foreign Office said that the comments made by the MEA about the Karachi attack represent nothing but "obfuscation and denial". "India''s sophistry, however, cannot hide India''s complicity in acts of terrorism against Pakistan," it said. The attack happened days after three low-intensity terror strikes were carried out in Karachi, Ghotki and Larkana in Sindh, leaving four people including two Rangers dead and a dozen injured. In the last major terror attack in Karachi in November 2018, security forces had foiled an attempt by terrorists to storm the Chinese Consulate building in the nearby Clifton area.


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