Punjab Police near arrest of culprits in Johar Town blast: Sheikh Rashid
On Thursday, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said that Punjab police was close to arresting the culprits responsible for yesterday’s blast in Johar Town, Lahore, which claimed the lives of three civilians.
The minister tweeted that officials had achieved “great success” during the investigation. “Punjab police will soon arrest the accused and bring good news to the people,” he said.
In a video shared with the tweet, the interior minister said that Pakistan’s enemies, led by Prime Minister Imran Khan, could not tolerate economic and political stability in the country and had started adopting “terrorist routes”.
He said that the elements who want to spread chaos in the country will fail because Pakistan “will never come under pressure”. He said that the elements who want to spread chaos in the country will fail because Pakistan “will never come under pressure”. He said the fencing work on the Iranian border would be completed this year.
A day earlier, a powerful blast near the residence of Hafiz Saeed, the central leader of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief, killed three people and injured 24 others, including 24 policemen. The blast killed six-year-old Abdul Haq, his father Abdul, 19-year-old Abdul Malik and a passerby, leaving a four-foot-deep and eight-foot-wide ditch on the road and damaging several nearby houses and shops.
Citing a preliminary investigation, a senior police official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Syasi TV that about 15kg of explosives were planted in a car stolen from Gujranwala and boarded by Johar Town. She was standing near Hafiz Saeed’s residence in Off Revenue Housing Society. His home was safe, but several other houses and shops were damaged in the 100-square-foot radius of the blast site.
The blast was so powerful that residents rushed to the shelter of residents in the streets, while eyewitnesses locked themselves in fear of an armed terrorist attack inside the house.
Javed, who trades in a market near the site of the blast, said he was dealing with some clients when he heard the deaf blast. He said that after a few seconds, he saw some people injured and covered the walls of nearby houses with dust and blood stains.
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“I saw that a car was completely destroyed and a rickshaw was on fire, and there was a deep pit on the road,” he added.
An employee of a nearby motorcycle workshop, who was among the injured, said he was using his mobile phone when he heard the blast. As soon as he came out of his work place, he saw several injured people lying on the road.
“I also saw a minor boy in critical condition, knocking three women and a young man unconscious on the road near the site of the blast,” he said, adding that he also killed a man in a fight for his life. I saw him fighting and both his legs were badly injured.
A blast in Lahore’s Johar Town has injured at least 12 people, officials say. Speaking to Syasi TV at the scene, Lahore Deputy Commissioner Mudassar Riaz Malik said 12 people, including women and children, were injured. A policeman was among the injured, he said.
He said that although it was not immediately clear what caused the blast, it left a hole. “We will only be able to determine the cause after carrying out an investigation,” he added, adding that the area is under siege.
The blast killed six-year-old Abdul Haq, his father Abdul, 19-year-old Abdul Malik and a passerby, leaving a four-foot-deep and eight-foot-wide ditch on the road and damaging several nearby houses and shops.
The Punjab Inspector General of Police (IGP) said without naming the JUD chief that the blast took place near the residence of a high-value target in Johar Town, where he was apprehended by armed policemen.