Peshawar attack
A mother mourns after her son Mohammed Ali Khan, 15, was killed during an attack by Taliban gunmen on the Army Public School.Reuters

Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf is certainly not the only one pointing fingers at the country's closest neighbour India and its intelligence agency RAW for the massacre at the Army Public School, as many in Pakistan believe it to be true.

Despite Tehreek-e-Taliban taking responsibility for the terror attack that left 141 dead, mostly children, many in Pakistan believe that India had a role to play. 

Late on Wednesday evening, Musharraf told CNN-IBN that Maulana Fazlullah, the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan commander was trained by RAW and  supported by former Karzai government for carrying out the terror attacks in Peshawar's Army Public School.

His allegations simply seem to echo the general perception of the fundamentalists in Pakistan. Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed has also alleged that India was behind the Peshawar attack and jihadis must target India in retaliation

Earlier in the day Mubashir Luqman, a Pakistani TV host, said that the Pakistani government had intelligence inputs days before the attack that India's RAW was planning a major terrorist attack in the country.

Luqman claimed that there were 'confirmed' reports of a terrorist strike that was orchestrated by India, but despite that the Pakistani government failed to act on the intelligence.

Luqman's claims stems from a report that was published in Pakistan on 13 December, which stated that Indian secret security agency has completed its preparations for a terrorist attack.


There are also some in Pakistan, who pointed fingers at P. K. Hormis Tharakan, who served as the chief of the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) till 2007 for orchestrating the brutal attack on the school with the help of the Taliban militants.

The suspicion that India may have played a role in the attacks has firmly taken root even among Twitter users in Pakistan. 

A Twitter user Tahir Murtaza @keemaparatha stated: "Was India's #RAW. Agency #Clandestinely.Involved in #Peshawar. Contrary 2D fact dat it was also a #Bangladeshi.NationalHoliday.Makes U think."

Another user Imran Tajamul @manikhan7273 : "Remember the Date today is 16th Dec and understand who the behind this Peshawar Attack Only INDIA and RAW they use Taliban to attack."

There also a bizarre theory that is doing the rounds among a certain section in Pakistan that India planned out the terror attack as revenge for losing the hockey match to the country recently.

However, even in midst of all suspicion and baseless allegations, thousands of Indians have sent in messages of support to Pakistan on Twitter. With the hashtag #IndiawithPakistan, Indians on Twitter have showed their support for their neighbour, despite the long history of antagonism between the two.

The hashtag was the brainchild of Tehseen Poonawalla, an entrepreneur and newspaper columnist from Delhi. "The visuals were horrific and I was getting updates from social media as well," he told BBC Trending. "Yesterday, everyone was moved by the hashtag [#Illridewithyou] which came up after the attack in Australia. And I thought it was time for India to stand up and express their support."

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