MMA sees India hand in Karachi blast
Qazi Hussain Ahmed also flayed President Pervez Musharraf for conspiring to make New Delhi a power in Asia.india Updated: Apr 13, 2006 15:19 IST
The chief of Pakistan's multi-party religious alliance, Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA), has alleged India's involvement in the Karachi blast while flaying President Pervez Musharraf for conspiring to make New Delhi a power in Asia.
Qazi Hussain Ahmed, who also leads the hardline Jamaat-e-Islami, said: "Whether it is India or the US, there is a foreign hand involved in the incident (Karachi blast). We know who wants problems and confrontation in Pakistan."
The MMA leader who supports jihad in India's Jammu and Kashmir, said: "Musharraf has sold everything to the US and is conspiring to make India a power in Asia."
The explosion that killed at least 57 people and injured hundreds took place Tuesday while thousands of worshippers from a Sunni Muslim organisation, Jamaat-e-Ahle Sunnat, had gathered for prayers in a park in Karachi to mark the anniversary of Prophet Mohammad's birth.
The entire leadership of the Jamaat-e-Ahle-Sunnat including Maulana Abbas Qadri, Haji Hanif Billo and Hafiz Muhammad Taqi, was believed to have been "wiped out" in the attack.
A high-level inquiry committee has been set up to probe the attack and will submit its findings in three days.
Qazi Ahmed accused Musharraf of joining hands with India and Israel to flatter the US in a bid to prolong his illegal rule.
He denounced the rulers for keeping mum on what he called continuous state terrorism by India and genocide of Kashmiri Muslims.
The outspoken religious leader maintained that instead of raising protests, the Pakistani rulers had kept quiet for the sake of furthering Washington's agenda in the region.
Ahmed wanted Musharraf to demand that India stop "human rights violations in Kashmir" and pull the army out of Jammu and Kashmir. He claimed that Pakistan had failed to please India despite showing flexibility on its position on Kashmir and added that New Delhi was still accusing Islamabad of terrorism and linking it to any progress in bilateral talks.
The MMA leader contended that peace in South Asia was linked to the resolution of the Kashmir issue.
"I think talks without settling the Kashmir issue are meaningless and just a waste of time. We have held talks before with India and have always regretted the results," he said.
Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed told the agency that the investigation agencies were trying to establish some leads into the Karachi attack.
"They (the agencies) have found two skulls which may be of the suicide attackers involved in the tragedy," he said.
"The investigations have confirmed that it (the attack) was a suicide bombing. Investigators are trying to see if there is any foreign involvement in the incident," he added.
First Published: Apr 13, 2006 13:04 IST