‘Ter­ror­ists in­volved in Youhan­abad in­ci­dent re­ceived In­dian fund­ing’

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

LA­HORE: Giv­ing de­tails of progress in a case per­tain­ing to at­tack on churches in Youhan­abad area of La­hore, Punjab Home Min­is­ter Shuja Khan­zada claimed that ten ter­ror­ists ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the in­ci­dent re­ceived In­dian di­rec­tives and fund­ing.

Ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence, the min­is­ter pre­sented pho­to­graphs of the ter­ror­ists and video of their con­fes­sional state­ments to the media. On 15 March 2015, at least 15 peo­ple were killed and seventy oth­ers were in­jured when two bomb blasts hit Ro­man Catholic Church and Christ Church dur­ing Sun­day ser­vice at Youhan­abad town of La­hore. Shuja Khan­zada said that a ter­ror­ist net­work com­pris­ing ten sus­pects has been busted. Eight of them were work­ing as fa­cil­i­ta­tors while oth­ers were sui­cide bombers.

He said three ter­ror­ists man­aged to flee to­wards Afghanistan. The min­is­ter fur­ther told media that ar­rested ter­ror­ists be­long to Shahryar Mehsood Group which op­er­ates for Al-Qaeda and Tehreek-e-Tal­iban Pak­istan (TTP). To a ques­tion, he said that LeJ chief Ma­lik Ishaq's killing was part of the Na­tional Ac­tion Plan (NAP). There is zero-tol­er­ance for the ter­ror­ists.

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