Islamabad (July 24, 2017): The Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa condemned the Lahore Blast, in which 25 people including six police man are killed and several sustained injuries. Both PM and COAS said that Nation would never bow down before the terrorists and State will firmly stand with the victims’ families.
“The incident was regretful and condemnable, however government equally feel sorrow as the victims’ families ,” PM Nawaz Sharif said in statement.
Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa strongly condemned the blast and directed the security forces to fully take part in the rescue operation and leave no stone unturned for their help.
Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif expressed his strong regret over the terror attack and summoned the report for police officials.
He directed the hospital officials to make sure provision of best medical facilities to the injured.
Chairman PTI Imran Khan, Chief of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Sirajul Haq, Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah, Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto, Asif Ali Zardari and other political leaders condemned the blast and expressed their regret.
At least 27 people including six policemen were killed and several wounded in a blast in Kot Lukhput ‘s vegetable market at Ferozepur Road in Lahore today as rescue teams and security agencies have reached at the spot.
The injured, including police personnel and dead have been shifted to General Hospital. Police and security agencies along with Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) have cordoned off the area and started investigation.
Forensics teams have started collecting evidence from the blast site, after which the nature of explosion will be confirmed.Blast occurred in Kot Lukhput, Sabzi Mandi, while the operation against the encroachment was being continued and several illegal construction have been demolished.
Police feared that the attack was suicide as suicide attacker hit his bike with the truck of LDA.
Eyewitness told that a suicide jacket was also found at the blast scene. Emergency was declared in General and other nearby hospitals.
According to Awan, an anti-encroachment drive was underway in the area when the explosion took place. The anti-riot police officials were deployed for the drive.
Contingents of Pak Army have also reached the site of the blast.
The area where the explosion occurred is a busy locality near the office of Punjab chief minister.