#LahoreBlast: Army Brings Anti-Terrorism Operation to Punjab, Multiple Arrests Reported
RAWALPINDI: A number of alleged terrorists and their facilitators have been arrested in anti-terrorism raid conducted in different cities of Punjab including Lahore, Faisalabad and Multan following the Sunday’s deadly suicide blast in Lahore that killed over seventy people.
Media has reported that Army Chief General Raheel Sharif and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif have given a green signal for the military operation in Punjab, especially in the southern parts of province and border areas. Personnel of Army and Rangers will participate in the operation.
According to DG ISPR Lt-General Asim Saleem Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif has chaired a top level meeting in connection with the Lahore blast. The army chief was informed that several intelligence based raids were conducted in different cities to bust the terrorist network.
“The anti-terrorism operation continues with more leads coming in, while large cache of ammunition was also recovered from arrested terrorists,” he tweeted.
The matters related to overall security situation in Punjab after the suicide blast were also taken up in the meeting.
Different political parties have been demanding for an in-depth anti-terrorism operation Punjab, just like Karachi operation. However the PML-N, ruling party in Punjab, always said that there was no need for such operation in Punjab.
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