Ex­trem­ists taunt Pak­istan leader

Lesotho Times - - International -

LA­HORE — The Pak­istani mil­i­tants who bombed a La­hore park on Easter Sun­day, killing 70 peo­ple, taunted Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif (pic­tured) on Tues­day, declar­ing their war had come to his doorstep.

The mil­i­tary has said it is hunt­ing the Tal­iban’s Ja­maat-ur-ahrar fac­tion and has car­ried out sev­eral raids since the sui­cide bomb­ing, but nei­ther the mil­i­tary nor the gov­ern­ment has given any de­tails.

Ja­maat-ur-ahrar claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the bomb­ing, say­ing it had tar­geted Chris­tians cel­e­brat­ing Easter and warn­ing it would step up at­tacks.

La­hore is the cap­i­tal of Pun­jab, Pak­istan’s rich­est and most pop­u­lous prov­ince and Sharif’s po­lit­i­cal heart­land.

“Let Nawaz Sharif know that this war has now come to the thresh­old of his home,” tweeted Ja­maat-ur-ahrar spokesman Eh­san­ul­lah Eh­san. “The win­ners of this war will, God will­ing, be the right­eous mu­jahideen.”

Ja­maat-ur-ahrar, an in­de­pen­dent fac­tion of the Pak­istani Tal­iban which and also pre­vi­ously de­clared loy­alty to Is­lamic State, has car­ried out five ma­jor at­tacks in Pak­istan since De­cem­ber.

In a tele­vised ad­dress to the na­tion on Mon­day, Sharif vowed to con­tinue pur­su­ing mil­i­tant groups.

“I am here to re­new a pledge that we are keep­ing count of ev­ery drop of blood of our mar­tyrs. This ac­count is be­ing set­tled, and we will not rest till it is paid,” Sharif said.

— Reuters

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