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Provincial Govt forms JIT over Wagha Border incident

LAHORE: Joint Investigation team has been formed to investigate Wagha Border incident.

Whiel addressing a press conference in Lahore, Provincial Minister for Home Department Shuja Khanzada said that Provincial Government formed a joint investigation team under the supervision of Chief Minister Punjab to investigate the causes of Wagha Border incident.

The joint investigation team consists on Police, ISI, Rangers, Special Branch and Counter terrorism Department.

Punjab Home Minister Shuja Khanzada further said that rangers and other security agencies were timely informed about a possible attack at Wagah border.
 Khanzada said that Punjab government was informed about the terror threat on October 31. He, however, said that the terrorist attack took place in the jurisdiction of rangers.
“We cannot rule out the possibility of foreign hand,” he said.
“Investigations are still under way. We will get the report in two to three days,” he said.

Earlier, Chief Minister of Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif 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.

Meanwhile, at least 60 people were killed and 135 others 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.