QUETTA: Law enforcement agencies claim to have foiled a bid to smuggle a large cache of arms and ammunition from Afghanistan to Pakistan. The weapons shipment was intended for a banned militant organisation but the law enforcers managed to botch the delivery in the border area of Noshki district after a heavy exchange of fire.
Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti disclosed this at a press conference, where he was accompanied by Deputy Inspector General of Frontier Corps (FC) Brigadier Tahir Mehmood and Balochistan Government Spokesman Anwar-Ul-Haq Kakar, here on Friday.
“The consignment was sent by the Indian spy agency, RAW, for the banned Baloch Liberation Army,” he said, adding that it was being smuggled into Balochistan for carrying out subversive activities.
He said that the Afghan spy agency, National Directorate of Security, was also helping RAW against Pakistan.
The home minister said that on receiving a tip-off regarding the weapons delivery, FC and intelligence agency personnel had set up a check post in the area. When the vehicle approached the check post, the FC personnel tried to flank it down, but the suspects raced away, leading to a long chase.
“Security forces chased the vehicle for around 35kms towards the Afghan border before they managed to seize the consignment after a heavy exchange of fire,” the home minister said, adding that the suspects managed to escape into Afghan territory. “The suspects were either killed or injured in the exchange of fire as blood spots were discovered in the area,” he said.
Mr Bugti said that RAW was using Afghan soil to carry out subversive activities in Balochistan. “Afghan soil is being used against Pakistan,” he said, adding that the Pakistan government had taken up the issue with its Afghan counterpart on numerous occasions but to no avail.
The home minister said that Pakistan would not tolerate such activities on its soil from across the border anymore. He said that the arrest of RAW agent, Kulbhushan Jadhav, had proved that the Indian spy agency and others were funding and supplying weapons, ammunition and explosives to militant organisations in Balochistan.
The Indian spy had confessed to his involvement in such activities and funding, he added.
He said that the latest seizure included 25 mortar bombs, 46 rockets bombs, 38kg of explosive material, 11 hand grenades, five anti-tank mines, four anti-personnel mines, three RPG-7s, around 28,000 rounds of ammunition of various calibres, Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), rocket launchers, SMGs, rifles and others weapons.
Courtesy : Dawn News