Islamist blames US for suicide bombing in Pakistan
Last Updated: Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 23:08
Peshawar: An Islamist politician whose party lost several members in a suicide attack blamed Pakistan's alliance with the US for the violence and urged Islamabad on Tuesday to break ranks in the war on terror.

The comments showed the depth of anti-Americanism in Pakistan,whose support Washington considers key to stabilizing neighboring Afghanistan. In the past three days, attacks in Pakistan have killed some 74 people in a new wave of violence.

A remote controlled bomb today hit an army convoy as it traveled in the Hangu district close to the Afghan border, killing three soldiers and a civilian, said police official Farid Khan.

The Jamaat-e-Islami party was hit yesterday when a suicide bomber apparently targeted police watching over a rally of the pro-Taliban group. Many of the 24 dead and 45 wounded were party loyalists, while two were officers, police official Khan Abbas said today.

Although authorities blamed the Taliban in the immediate aftermath of the attack in Peshawar, the Islamist party's leaders have declined to do so, instead alleging the CIA or Indian intelligence were behind it.

"It is because we have brought America's war to our own country," Sirajul Haq, a provincial party leader, said today in Peshawar after attending funerals for some of the victims. "Still, there is time to end this alliance with America" to avoid more bloodshed.


First Published: Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 23:08

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