Pakistan’s army said on Saturday the recent attack on Pakistan’s Bacha Khan University was controlled by Pakistani Taliban from Afghanistan.
In a briefing to reporters from the city of Peshawar, a military spokesman Gen. Asim Bajwa said the militants who stormed the university in Charsadda on Wednesday, killing at least 20 people, received training in Afghanistan and crossed over into Pakistan from the Torkham border between the two countries.
Bajwa said the attack was masterminded by Umar Mansoor, a Pakistani Taliban militant based in Afghanistan who is also allegedly responsible for the December 2014 massacre of 134 children in the city of Peshawar – the deadliest militant attack in Pakistan’s history.
“This attack was being controlled from an area in Afghanistan. Today, I considered it necessary that all those calls, he made around ten calls, I will show you a clip of one of those calls. The number will also be written (on the screen) under that,” said Bajwa, pointing to a projector screen.
Umar Mansoor, the mastermind identified by the Pakistan military, released video footage of the fighters he said carried out Wednesday’s deadly assault and vowed more attacks on schools and universities in the future.
Earlier, Pakistan’s army chief held a special security review meeting Corps Commander, Lieutenant-General Hidayat Ur Rehman and other military officials.
Pakistan has killed and arrested hundreds of suspected militants under a major crackdown launched after the December 2014 school attack, which is seen as having hardened Pakistan’s resolve to fight militants along its border with Afghanistan.
However, the Afghan officials have not yet commented about the Pakistan accusations.