Death toll rises to 72 in Lahore blast

Lahore: Death toll from high intensity suicide attack in Lahore has risen to 72 with over 300 injured.

According to DIG (Operations) Dr. Haider Ashraf, twenty kilogram explosive was used in the explosion.

He said the terrorists were now focusing soft targets to cause maximum casualties and damage.

He ruled out security lapse. He said sufficient number of policemen and the park’s own security guards were deployed but the number of the visitors was too big to manage.

An FIR of the Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park suicide blast has been registered at the CTD police station. The case has been registered on the complaint of Town Police Station Sub-inspector Iqbal.

Clauses of terrorism, murder, attempt to murder and others have been included in the FIR which has been registered against unknown terrorists, and their unknown facilitators.

President Mamnoon Hussain has condemned the blast in Lahore.

In a message, they expressed grief over the loss of precious human lives.

The President said such coward acts cannot shake nation’s resolve against terrorism.

Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi in their separate statements, termed it a barbaric and shameful act of terrorism.

Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has announced three-day mourning throughout the province.

Condemning the dastardly act, he expressed deep grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives and sympathized with the bereaved families.

A large number of heads of State and government have condemned the suicide blast in Lahore.

The United States has termed the attack as cowardly suicide attack, vowing to work with Pakistan to defeat those sowing terror.

British Prime Minister David Cameron expressed solidarity with the bereaved families.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a telephonic conversation with President Mamnoon Hussain said Pakistan and Turkey will eliminate terrorism together.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in his Twitter message stressed the need to increase regional cooperation to confront terrorism.

Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has also denounced the Lahore bombing.

Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, in a telephone call to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said attacking women and children is a cowardly act.