On December 1, three terrorists dressed in burqas stormed the ATI hostel situated near Peshawar’s University Road, killing nine people and injuring 37 others. The attack was claimed by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), and the attackers were reportedly coordinating with their handlers based in Afghanistan.
The terror attack sent shock waves across Pakistan. However, what shocked Pakistani lawmakers even more was prediction tweets by Indian astrologer Anirudh Kumar Mishra through Twitter handle @Anirudh_Astro in October in which he predicted a terror attack within November. As reference, he also tagged Pakistani newspaper Dawn on this tweet as well. Though, Mishra was off, by one day.
Mishra tweeted this:
— Anirudh Kumar Mishra (@Anirudh_Astro) October 13, 2017
Following the terror attack, Mishra again tweeted saying that his prediction was accurate, but he also acknowledged that he was off by one day. Then he said there would be five more such attacks in Pakistan by the middle of February.
— Anirudh Kumar Mishra (@Anirudh_Astro) December 1, 2017
Mishra’s accurate predictions clearly infuriated Pakistani lawmakers who called it a proof that Indian intelligence is involved in terror attacks in Pakistan. Pakistani Senator A Rehman Malik went on to saying that RAW was using Afghanistan’s soil for such nefarious activities.
Twitterati too have their own take on this:
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— Kamalesh Kumar (@Kamales40815853) December 5, 2017
Insa Allah aapki prediction correct ho but hamla aatankwadiyoo par hoon
— Trijatawaal (@chanujii) December 5, 2017
— Sarcastic Indian (@SrcausticIndian) December 1, 2017
How do you predict terrorist attacks ?
— Raheel (@009barca) December 2, 2017
So far there have been over 30 terror attacks in 2017 in Pakistan.
It is not hard to imagine that given the fierce rivalry between the two countries, it is just too easy to blame RAW for every mishap happening in Pakistan while considering ISI as doing nothing and sitting idle.