Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Tuesday that the Pakistan Stock Exchange attack in Karachi was perpetrated by India in order to destablise Pakistan.
The prime minister was addressing the National Assembly, where he lauded the security forces for thwarting the attack, which could have otherwise caused considerable destruction.
“We have no doubt that India is involved in the attack,” the prime minister told the lower House of the parliament in his speech.
The prime minister paid respect to the martyrs of the attack, which included a policeman and two security guards of the stock exchange.
In the yesterday’s attack on the stock exchange in financial hub of the country, security forces killed four terrorists in retaliatory response.
Speaking regarding the recently-passed budget, the premier said that the COVID-19 has affected economies around the world and the federal budget this year turned out to be quite an uphill task for the government.
“We had to accumulate Rs5,000 billion initially but because of the virus our accumulation dropped down to Rs3,000 billion,” he told the NA.
The prime minister added that the government could not incur the losses caused by the ‘unprecedented’ pandemic.
The PM said that despite the criticism, the government reopened the construction sector and imposed ‘smart’ lockdown in areas with surge in virus cases.
“We were not the ones suffering from confusion but those who are not familiar with the woes of poor,” he said.
The PSX attack
A day earlier, security forces foiled an attempt made by four militants to storm the Pakistan Stock Exchange, the busiest building on Karachi’s II Chundrigar Road.
Police said all four terrorists who attacked the PSX building around 10am on Monday morning were killed by security personnel, with two security guards and a police sub-inspector embracing martyrdom.
Armed militants had arrived at the PSX compound in a sedan and attempted to enter it from the parking ground side, according to initial reports and eyewitness statements. They were seen shouldering backpacks and carrying automatic weaponry in an amateur video captured by an eyewitness. The equipment, arms and ammunition recovered from them indicated that they had come prepared for a long siege.
After failing to enter the compound, the militants launched a gun and grenade attack and attempted to storm the building while opening indiscriminate fire. They were engaged by security personnel posted and failed to make headway amidst the heavy exchange of fire.