Anti-Pakistan agencies involved in Lahore blast: CM Buzdar

 Anti-Pakistan agencies involved in Lahore blast: CM Buzdar

Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar

ISLAMABAD(LAHORE), 28 June: Punjab Chief Minister(CM) Usman Buzdar on Monday revealed during a press conference that “anti-state agencies” are involved in the Lahore Johar Town blast.

“Terrorists responsible for the Johar Town bomb blast in Lahore have been arrested,” said the CM. “An anti-Pakistan agency is involved in the bomb blast,” he added.

He said that the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) Punjab had traced the culprits behind the incident within 16 hours of the blast.

CM Punjab heaped praise on CTD Punjab for pursuing the case in a professional manner to expose those who were behind the attack.

“All local and international characters behind the blast were identified [by the CTD Punjab],” he said. “I want to inform our friends in the media that we have conducted raids across the country, in just four days, to arrest the terrorists involved in the incident.”

Terming it a “great achievement” for the Punjab government, CM said that all those involved in the incident had been arrested.

Buzdar said those who had sold, bought the car and planted explosives it in, had all been arrested.

Buzdar further said that after a thorough investigation and sufficient evidence obtained, the authorities had concluded that an “anti-state agency is directly involved in the terrorist incident and had provided financial support” to elements behind the Johar Town blast.

“I want to inform you that the Punjab government has traced all high-profile cases in the province and arrested their suspects,” he added.

Punjab Inspector-General’s statement

Punjab Inspector-General (IG) Inam Ghani delved into details of the investigation, saying that CTD Punjab had been able to arrest culprits “within hours” of the incident, adding that police was able to ascertain how the car used in the blast was bought and through which means.

“We have arrested the main linchpin who had the blast carried out in Pakistan,” said IG. “We have arrested the ones who were used in Pakistan to conduct the blast, those who bought the car and repaired it as well, are also under arrest,” he revealed.

Ghani said 10 Pakistanis were arrested in connection with the blast, adding that they comprised both men and women. He said Punjab police has also managed to identify the people who are part of the foreign agency involved in the incident.

“We have shared [the information] with our intelligence agencies as to who the members of these anti-state agency are,” said Ghani. “A JIT has also been constitued under under the chief minister’s directives, to investigate the case further” he added.

The Punjab police chief said the way this attack was carried out indicates that this was not the first time this group was carrying out subversive activities in Pakistan.

“We will also investigate which activities, in which parts of Pakistan, this agency carried out and we will come to a conclusion,” he vowed. “As far as the hostile anti-state agencies are concerned, we have names at the moment, but if there are others involved, we will get to them as well,” added Ghani.

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