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Watch: Sheikh Rasheed says Punjab Police to soon arrest Johar Town blast culprits

Pakistan will never succumb under pressure, says Sheikh Rasheed in latest video message

By Web Desk
June 24, 2021

Federal Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed announced Thursday that the Punjab Police was close to arresting those behind the Johar Town blast in Lahore. 

Three people were killed and over 20 injured when a vehicle laiden with explosive material, blew up in Johar Town on Wednesday. 

"The Punjab Police has achieved remarkable success in the Johar Town blast incident [investigation]," announced Rasheed in a video message.

"We are close to them [perpetrators] and Punjab Police will soon tell the nation the good news that they have been arrested," he added.

The minister vowed that Pakistan's enemies had become frustrated as the country had successfully defeated the coronavirus pandemic and brought about political and economic stability in the country.

"People who want to spread anarchy, chaos in Pakistan and want to bring Pakistan under pressure, [should know] that Pakistan will never succumb to pressure," he added.

Initial report submitted to IGP

A preliminary report of a probe by investigative agencies was submitted to Inspector General Punjab Inam Ghani, sources told Geo News Wednesday.

The report will be presented to Chief Minister Punjab Usman Buzdar shortly, sources had added.

More than 30kg of explosives were used in the blast, according to the initial report, which adds that "foreign-made materials" were used.

Ball bearings, nails and other explosives were among the objects used in the bomb.

The initial report states that the material had been planted onto a car and the device was detonated remotely.

A 3-foot deep and 8-foot wide crater has formed at the site of the blast, the report had also said.

The blast had caused damage within a ​​100-square-foot radius.

Was Hafiz Saeed the target?

IGP Ghani has surmised that police had been targeted in the attack. While speaking to the media shortly after the blast, he had advised people to not pay any heed to rumours related to the blast.

The IGP had the media that the CTD is probing the incident and a detailed report will be shared about the nature of the blast and the material used.

"We are not sure what caused the explosion or whether it was a planted device [that caused the explosion], or a suicide blast," he had said at the time.

In response to a question whether Hafiz Saeed — the leader of the outlawed Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) was the target — Ghani had said: "There is a police picket near the house of a high value target, which is why the vehicle could not have gone near the house." This is why he believes the police were targeted, reported Geo News.

He did not provide any further information on the high value target.

"You should be thankful to the police," he had said.

Ghani vowed to arrest those behind the terrorist act.