Lahore blast was planned in Afghanistan, reveals ‘facilitator’
LAHORE: An alleged facilitator of the February 13 Lahore blast has stated that the terrorist attack was planned in Afghanistan, ARY News reported on Friday.
In a short video showed during Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif’s press conference, the alleged facilitator Anwar-ul-Haq revealed that he brought the suicide bomber to the blast site where he blew himself up. He also revealed that the terror attack was planned in Afghanistan.
The man claimed that he was a native of Bajaur Agency.
At least 14 people, including two top police officers of Punjab, were killed and around 108 people were injured in the suicide attack during protests staged by chemists at Lahore’s Mall Road on Monday.
The First Information Report (FIR) of the attack was filed in Counter Terrorism Department Police Station by SHO Civil Lines Police Station. Murder, attempt-to-murder and terrorism acts have been included in the FIR No. 6/17.
The FIR also mentioned that the suicide attacker was accompanied with three accomplices, who managed to escape from the scene of the attack following the incident.
Addressing the news conference The Punjad CM too said that planning and and preparation for this blast was done in Afghanistan by a network of terrorists.
Sharif voiced strong support for reviving military courts in the briefing, saying a lot of credit for curbing terrorism successfully in Pakistan went to them.
“PML-N government fully supports extending the tenure of military courts,” he said, adding that it was “because of the fear of punishment that terror factions were hesitant before attacking”.
He congratulated Police, Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) and Intelligence Bureau (IB) on the arrest of terrorists involved in the Lahore Blast.