Attack in Pak Punjab meant to send message

The terrorist group, whose ranks included 26/11 reconnaissance agent David Headley is thought to have had contact with elements of the Indian Mujahideen.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: November 3, 2014 2:42 am

The  jihadist group Jundallah, an affiliate of al-Qaeda and the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, is among those that has claimed responsibility for Sunday’s attack.

Led, until his killing in a November 1, 2013 drone strike by Hakimullah Mehsud, the organisation has been held responsible for a number of spectacular strikes in the past — among them, the near-successful assassination of pro-establishment Islamist politician Maulana Fazlur Rahman last month.

The terrorist group, whose ranks included 26/11 reconnaissance agent David Headley and is thought to have had contact with elements of the Indian Mujahideen’s leadership, is also accused of the 2013 suicide attack on a Peshawar church which left 127 dead, the killing of foreign hikers at Nanga Parbat in the same year, and several attacks on Pakistan’s minority Shia community.

Sushant Sareen, a Pakistan expert at the Vivekananda International Foundation, noted that the attack came after weeks of claims by the Pakistan army that its operation Zarb-e-Azb had decimated terrorists operating in North Waziristan, and made it impossible for them to launch attacks in Punjab. “I’m guessing this bombing has a pretty simple message,” he said.

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