NSA on Lahore blast


The press conference held by the prime minister’s national security adviser on Sunday regarding last month’s Johar Town blast in Lahore contained some very serious statements about India’s apparent involvement in the act of terrorism.
Accompanied by Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry and the Punjab police chief, NSA Moeed Yusuf categorically said that Pakistan had “concrete evidence” of India’s involvement in the episode, and went on to list it.
The June 23 car bombing had killed three people. It occurred near the house of Jamaatud Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed. The NSA said that foreign suspects were involved in the violent act, including an Afghan man born in Pakistan, while the mastermind of the crime had links to the Indian spy agency RAW.
Going by the NSA’s words, the evidence linking India to the act of terrorism appears strong and the government must share the proof with the international community.
The blast — and the subsequent revelations — came at a time when a nominal thaw in frosty Pakistan-India relations was underway. The recent renewal of the ceasefire along the LoC, as well as news that officials from both capitals were involved in laying the groundwork for talks about talks, apparently encouraged by common foreign friends, had signalled a lowering of the temperature in the region. Of course, the path to peace is not straight and narrow in South Asia, and is in fact strewn with all kinds of obstacles. Events such as the Lahore blast are exactly the kind of spoilers that throw the peace process off track.