Attackers of Bacha Khan university were from Afghanistan: PM Nawaz

LONDON: On Sunday, Prime Minister Nawaz Shareef said that the initial investigations regarding the attack in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on the Bacha Khan University revealed the fact about attackers that they came from Afghanistan.

Some elements from the neighboring country are responsible for terrorism inside Pakistan said Prime Minister while speaking to media in London, the PM however clarified that he is not accusing the Afghan government of involvement in the attack.

The ‘facilitators’ behind Bacha Khan University attack were revealed before reporters on Saturday, following a press conference held by Director General Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Lieutenant General Asim Bajwa.

The press briefing began with a recorded telephone conversation between the terrorists and a reporter with the militants claiming responsibility for the attack.

He also presented a map of Mardan and Charsadda showing the alleged movement of the attackers.

These facilitators helped the terrorists embark a rickshaw and travel to nearby Imbrahim zai University, where they dismounted; from there they travelled to Bacha Khan University, the director general of the military’s media wing said.

He also requested society to be aware of our surroundings. He said all institutions must play their part; all societies must play their part.

Responding to a question the DG ISPR said that at no point had the Afghan government been blamed for the attack. “We only said that the attack was planned and handled from Afghan soil.”

General Raheel also shared the details of the attack with Afghan chief executive Abdullah Abdullah and commander of Resolute Support Mission and United States Forces in Afghanistan Gen John Campbell.

Earlier in the day, the army chief chaired a special security meeting at the Corps Headquarters, Peshawar, according to a statement issued by Director General Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Lieutenant General Asim Bajwa.

A high level meeting on Friday, presided over by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and attended by General Raheel Sharif, reviewed the regional situation and reiterated Pakistan’s commitment.

It reviewed the progress made on the information provided by India. Furthermore, it was decided to remain in touch with the Indian government in this regard.

During the meeting, it was reaffirmed that Pakistan is committed to eradicate the menace of terrorism from the region.

The meeting expressed the confidence that building on the goodwill generated by the recent high level contacts, the two countries would remain committed to a sustained, meaningful and comprehensive dialogue process.

India’s foreign ministry said Islamabad has been given actionable intelligence that those who planned the assault came from Pakistan.