US dismisses allegations of sponsoring Pak suicide attacks
Last Updated: Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 23:28
Islamabad: The US on Wednesday described as "absurd" and "baseless" Jamaat-e-Islami's allegation that America was responsible for a suicide attack on party workers in Peshawar that killed 24 people.

A statement issued by the US embassy spokesman noted that the "Jamaat-e-Islami leadership appeared in the media alleging that the United States was responsible for the attack".

"The United States rejects such absurd, baseless allegations. The violent extremists who committed the vicious terror attacks in Peshawar have made it clear that they seek to kill as many innocent Pakistani citizens, soldiers and law enforcement officials as possible," the spokesman said.

"Those who attempt to divert public condemnation of extremist violence show contempt for this week’s victims, including their own party members, Pakistani officials and school children”, he added.

A suicide bomber struck in a crowded market in Peshawar on Monday just as Jamaat-e-Islami workers were dispersing after a protest against frequent power cuts.

The attack killed 24 people and wounding over 40 people, including Jamaat-e-Islami activists and policemen.

The US had then issued a statement condemning the attack and expressing sympathy with the victims and their families.


First Published: Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 23:28

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