Hundreds arrested in terror crackdown across Punjab after Lahore blast

LAHORE: Hundreds of suspects have been arrested during intelligence-based operations in different areas of Punjab following Sunday’s suicide attack which claimed lives of more than 70 people including many children in a Lahore park crowded with families.


According to the army spokesperson, heavy weapons and ammunition have been recovered during the operations.

More than 80 suspects were rounded up in Faisalabad, around 200 held in Gujranwala, 250 including 60 foreigners in Sialkot, 10 suspects in Bhakkar, 34 from Rahim Yar Khan, 18 in Kasur and a member of a banned outfit was detained in Ahmadpur Sharqia area of Bahawalpur while several others were arrested in Jhelum, Khanewal, Nankana, Sheikhpura and Muzaffargarh.

Separately, six members of a banned organisation listed in the fourth-schedule were arrested in Hassan Abdal town of Attock district.

According to sources, terror safe havens also exit in Southern Punjab where CTD, police and intelligence agencies have launched an operation.