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Johar Town Blast: Interior Minister claims cops about to nab the culprits

LAHORE: Federal Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed has taken to the Twitter to claim that Punjab Police had achieved ‘great success’ apropos the probe of Johar Town blast and that the cops were about to nab the culprits. 

Meanwhile, LEA personnel had on Thursday (24th of June) had taken a foreigner, identified as David Paul, in custody on the suspicion of his involvement  in Wednesday’s Johar Town blast. According to Police, the suspect who had been nabbed from a Karachi-bound flight, had been taken to an undisclosed investigation center. Police had further stated that the car used for bombing was snatched from Gujranwala in 2010. It entered Lahore by means of Motorway. It transpires by keenly watching the CCTV footage that there were no explosives in the car when it was entering the walled city (or probably the LEA personnel failed to trace it). It is still not known where the Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) was fitted in the car.

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A powerful blast caused by remote-controlled detonation of 30kg explosives fitted in a car parked at Allah Hu Boulevard near the house of proscribed Jama’at-ud-Dawa (JuD) Chief Hafiz Saeed in the Johar Town area here Wednesday (23rd of June) claimed three lives.  According to rescue sources many of the 24 people (including women and children) who were wounded – mostly due to ball bearings – were being treated at Jinnah Hospital for life threatening injuries. Eight of those brought to the medical facility had been discharged after first aid.

Two of the expired had been identified as Abdul Khaliq 30 and his son Abdul Haq 5. Those injured included Abdul Malik, Ambreen, Maham Azhar, Umme Rubab, Moqadus Shahid, Abdul Qalam, Hassan Muhammad Ali, Liaquat Ali, Nasir, Muhammad Umer, Safia, Muhammad Atif, Abdul Raheem, Rimshah Jawaid, Muhammad Intizar and  Tahir. It is pertinent to mention here that Jama’at-ud-Dawa’s Chief Hafiz Saeed had earlier been convicted under Anti-Terrorism Act Section 11-F(2) — pertaining to membership, support and meetings relating to a proscribed organization — and 11-N punishment under Sections 11-H to 11-K (Money Laundering).

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M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.