BLA says it attacked Pakistan army’s Kashmir rally in Quetta, warns of more attacks

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Bomb blast

New Delhi (NVI): The Baloch Liberation Army (BLA), while claiming responsibility for the bomb attack on a so-called ‘Kashmir Solidarity Rally’ in Quetta yesterday, has warned the Pakistani establishment of intensified attacks if any more such programmes were organised in Balochistan.

The BLA, which is fighting for freedom of Balochistan from Pakistan, said in a statement that the rally was attacked as it was organised “under the auspices of the Pakistan Army”.

“The attack resulted in killing (of) two (Pakistani) state agents and injuring four others. The Baloch Liberation Army claims responsibility for the attack,” said the statement issued by Jeeyand Baloch, spokesman for the BLA.

The bomb attack was carried out near the office of the Deputy Commissioner in Quetta.

“BLA sarmachars adopted various strategies to protect ordinary passers-by from the blast. Sarmachars had planted magnetic bombs on the main truck of the so-called Kashmir rally. The rally was targeted when it was being carried out on Inskamb Road. As a result of the attack, two people were killed in the rally, including a gunman, while four others were injured,” the BLA spokesman said.

He said the Pakistan Army is using all its strength to hold such rallies in Balochistan with the help of its local operatives in an attempt to give an impression that the situation in Balochistan is completely under the control of the Army and the Baloch people are in agreement with Pakistan and its army.

“While the ground realities are quite the opposite, Balochistan and Pakistan are only related as oppressed and oppressor. Our friends, enemies, our interests and the issues of our national survival are completely different,” Baloch said in the statement.

“The Pakistani army and its local operatives are using fear and greed to hold such rallies. On several occasions we have issued stern warnings that if any person attends such Pakistani rallies, meetings or gatherings aimed at harming the Baloch movement and the Baloch National Manifesto, he will be solely responsible for any loss of life and property.

“We want to make it clear that in the future, attacks on such anti-Baloch gatherings will be intensified,” he added.