Punjab Police has hooked 21 suspects in various search operations in Lahore and Gujranwala. Followed by the heinous terror strike on Lahore’ Gulshan-e-Iqbal park on March 27; the Punjab police had initiated massive operation against the terrorists in the province.
Soon after the incident, a massive crackdown was launched and suspected individuals were busted consequently. In keeping with details, Lahore police carried out a search operation on a information in Karim Block of Iqbal Town area. It was stated that the suspected individuals could not present their identity documents when the police checked the identity documents of the residents. This operation resulted in arrest of at least nine suspects; who failed to produce identity documents.
Meanwhile, the Punjab police in collaboration with the intelligence agencies launched a joint operation in the Satellite Town, Sharif Town, Rati Jhal, Chachar Wali and few other areas of Gujranwala. 12 suspected individuals were arrested from these areas. The SSP Civil Lines Police Station stated that these suspects were nipped only those persons who could not produce any satisfactory identity document.
These search operations are the offshoots of the massive crackdown in Punjab against suspected terrorists or their allies. Soon after the attack in Lahore’ crowded park, a Taliban splinter group claimed responsibility of the attack stating that “Christians ere the target” when they were celebrating Easter.
The attack claimed about 80 lives, out of which 40 were Christians. At the same time, about 300 people were injured. Out of the 80 who lost their lives, 29 were children. This was the deadliest attack since the December 2014, Army Public School massacre when 134 school children were gunned down by terrorists in Peshawar. Moreover, previously hundreds of suspects have been hooked by the police in Faisalabad, Multan, Bahawalpur, Jehlum, Nankana, Lahore, Sheikhpura and other areas since then.