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CM chairs meeting to review Wagah tragedy, orders JIT

LAHORE: Chief Minister of Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif on Monday chaired a high-level meeting to review Wagah border tragedy.

During meeting, a preliminary report of Wagah tragedy was presented to the Chief Minister.

Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif ordered formation of a joint investigation team for comprehensive probe into the incident. He has also directed to further beef up security for Ashura Muharram.

According to the preliminary report, a suicide bomber detonated his vest near Rangers vehicle after failing to reach the target due to strict security arrangements. Resultantly, a large number of people who were returning after attending the flag lowering ceremony at the main Indo-Pak land border crossing were hit by the explosion.

The report has revealed that suicide attacker was present in the border area for last several days. He remained in a hotel for several hours where he had food and tea before the attack. It was confirmed by an injured witness.

The report further revealed that terror outfits behind the attack had Indian support and the attack was carried out under a well-thought-out plan.

At least 59 people were killed and more than 100 were injured in the suicide blast that took place near Wagah crossing point at Pak-India border in Pakistan s eastern city of Lahore on Sunday evening when a crowd of over 200 people who were coming back after attending the lowering of the flags ceremony and Rangers parade.

The flag and parade ceremony that has become tourist favorite is held daily before the sunset and is attended by hundreds of people, including foreigners, from both Pakistani and Indian sides.

Hours after the explosion, a banned militant group name Jundallah claimed responsibility for the attack.

Following the claim by the Jundallah, two other militant groups, namely Jamaat-ul-Ahrar and Taliban Hakimullah Mahsood Group, also claimed responsibility for the attack.