Starting with Pakistan, a country in South Asia, where gunmen have attacked the country’s stock exchange in the city of Karachi, the financial hub of the country and capital previously, killed six people including a policeman and two guards. The officials say that all the four attackers have been shot dead in cross-firing. Constable Muhammad Rafique and Constable Khalil deployed at Pakistan Stock Exchange played a pivotal role in taking out the militants who tried to storm the Pakistan Stock Exchange building in the city of Karachi, the commercial and financial hub of the country. Responsibility has been claimed by Baluch Liberation Army, from the province of Baluchistan, one of the four provinces of the country. Four militants from the Baluch Liberation Army stormed into the building premises with throwing grenades and firing indiscriminately.
The police chief said the situation is under control, and all the four militants have been shot dead in cross-firing with security guards, also claimed a policeman and two security guards. Similarly, all employees are reported to be safe, have either managed to get out of the building or locked themselves in, BBC reported today here on Monday morning, June 29. The reporter of BBC from Lahore while reporting on the incident said, “Four gunmen with sophisticated weapons stormed the stock exchange building in Karachi, Pakistan’s financial hub, on a normal day this building gets up to 8000 people and at the time of attack a large number of people were inside. The gunmen entered the premises from a rear parking lot and made their way to the main entrance firing indiscriminately. The militants threw a grenade at a private guard securing the main entrance. By the time reinforcements arrived, the guards managed to hold the militants from entering the building”. “Two of them were killed on the main gate another one was killed at the next gate and the third one was killed when he tried to enter through the gate of the main building “, Ahmed Chinoy, vice president Karachi Stock Exchange was quoted while talking to media. As a standard procedure, the police searched and cleared the building and sealed the area, so no outsiders could enter the place of the incident. The officials insist, that it was business as usual inside despite and attacked by insurgents unfolding outside. Salman Lodhi, one of the members of the Karachi Stock Exchange told reporters that, “thanks to Almighty, a huge disaster could have occurred has been averted life is normal, markets are open everything is open and there is no need to concern and we are totally relaxed”. As mentioned above, a banned militant organization Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) has claimed responsibility. Baloch Liberation Army is one of the separatist movement groups active in the restive area of the country, the province of Baluchistan. This group seeks separation from Pakistan accusing the government of usurping their due rights since 2004.
ISPR tweets after the attack on Karachi Stock Exchange
“Chief of Army Staff (COAS) paid glowing tribute to security guards of KSX, who sacrificed their lives as first responders vigilantly checking terrorist entry to Pakistan Stock Exchange foiling a major terrorist incident. Appreciating LEAs for their operational readiness COAS lauded prompt, effective and integrated response of Pakistan Rangers and Sindh Police, eliminating terrorist in shortest possible time. ‘with support of our resilient nation we will foil all efforts of enemies aimed at destabilizing hard-earned peace achieved through sacrifices of our martyrs’”