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    Pakistan: Afghan Territory Used for Deadly University Raid

    Pakistani civil society activists condemn the attack on Bacha Khan University, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Jan. 21, 2016.
    Pakistani civil society activists condemn the attack on Bacha Khan University, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Jan. 21, 2016.
    Ayaz Gul

    Pakistan says a deadly assault on a university in a northwestern city on Wednesday was “being controlled from a location in Afghanistan through an Afghan cell phone” by a fugitive member of the Pakistani Taliban.

    Army spokesman Asim Bajwa released details of Pakistan's investigation into the attack Thursday.  He said Pakistan’s military chief, General Raheel Sharif telephoned the Afghan leadership and the commander of NATO’s Afghan mission and “asked for their cooperation in locating and targeting those responsible for this heinous act and bring them to justice.”

    Pakistan alleges that leaders and commanders of the anti-state Taliban militants have taken refuge on the Afghan side of the border after fleeing army-led counterinsurgency operations. Officials have previously also blamed these fugitives for planning cross-border attacks in Pakistan.

    But Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Seddiqi on Thursday dismissed allegations that there are terrorist bases in Afghanistan being used against Pakistan. He strongly condemned the Bacha Khan University attack in Charsadda and reiterated Kabul’s allegations that terrorist sanctuaries are located in Pakistan and are causing instability in the region.

    Bodies are removed from scene of militant attack at Bacha Khan University in Charsadda, Pakistan, Jan. 20, 2016. (Photo: N. Takar / VOA Deewa)
    Bodies are removed from scene of militant attack at Bacha Khan University in Charsadda, Pakistan, Jan. 20, 2016. (Photo: N. Takar / VOA Deewa)

    Mourning period

    Meanwhile, Pakistan observed a day of mourning Thursday following the gun and bomb attack on the university in which 21 people were killed and dozens more wounded.

    Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif declared the mourning period to show solidarity with those who died when a group of four terrorists stormed the Bacha Khan University in Charsadda.

    Military spokesman Asim Bajwa said that troops, including army commandos gunned down the four attackers and conducted a "block by block" clearing operation before securing the entire campus.

    Taliban denies involvement

    The spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban, Mohammad Khorasani, said Wednesday the group had nothing to do with the university attack, adding that non-military institutions are not on its list of targets. In a statement sent to VOA, Khorasani declared Wednesday's attack against "Islamic Sharia."

    Earlier, a local Taliban commander had said he sent the four attackers to the university.  There was no explanation for the conflicting claims.


    Chris Hannas contributed to this report from Washington.

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    by: Haron from: Afghanistan
    January 22, 2016 2:08 AM
    it is called "throwing snow to the neighbor's floor" they feed and fostered the insurgents. now the old donkey " advisor of security council" Sartaj Aziz says that US existence in Afghanistan, destabilized the region.
    my question from this glass-eyed is when there was no US existence in 1995-2001 how the militants entered from Pakistan's sovereignty to Afghanistan? was there any US troop in Afghanistan?

    by: Jamal
    January 22, 2016 1:17 AM
    It is Pakistan that created Taliban and Al Qaida networks with the financial support of Saudi Arabia and its allies, thousands of people killed in 9/11 attacks and 100/thousands of innocent Afghans were and are continuously killed in Afghanistan , while the religious scholars of Pakistan has supported the Taliban attacks by sending those ignorant Pakistani students to committee Jihad as all Afghanistan is now infidels as they have thought them, it is the result of Pakistan greedy policy and the fund flow as its obvious Saudi will not consider Afghanistan as a Muslims country but Mushrik since wahabies are controlled by Pakistan and Saudi authorites and my Allah completely stop the oil of Saudi and that day will be lost day of Pakistan Nuclear power

    by: zafar rizvi from: Lahore Pakistan
    January 22, 2016 12:53 AM
    With enough of the trouble in Pakistan, let us protect our borders and fix wire all along the border. It will cost huge money, but will certainly be less than the lives of innocent people. Peace between these two countries is must for growth in the region.

    by: Raj from: Indore
    January 21, 2016 10:56 PM
    India is supporting this chaos in Pakistan via Afghanistan.
    Indian finances and supports all the criminal elements.

    by: AHMED from: INDIA
    January 21, 2016 9:02 PM
    Pakistan is not taking Harsh action against Terrorists. Every day there is Blast some where in Pakistan. I think News will not complete without Blast.
    Pakistan Must give them heavy punishment in front of public. There is strong doubts that in Pakistan Assembly and in Establishment peoples have sympathy with These Terrorist that is why No Harsh action have been taken so far.

    by: Shyam from: CA,USA
    January 21, 2016 4:25 PM
    Afghanistan has learned a way to pay back in the same coin. For any years Afghans have pleaded with Pakistan & ISI to stop supporting and protecting Hakkani network which is using suicide attack in Kabul and many embassies. You get what you give. Get rid of Hakkani network, there will be peace both in Pakistan & Afghanistan. It is the poor commoners who suffer in all this stupid power play.

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