PM Imran deplores Data Darbar blast, seeks report

(NNI): Prime Minister Imran Khan, President Arif Alvi and Chief Minister Punjab Usman Buzdar have strongly denounced the blast outside Data Darbar in Lahore.

In twitter, the premier has sought a report from the concerned authorities. He also commiserated with the bereaved families and directed the local administration to provide best possible medical treatment to those injured in the explosion.

Meanwhile, President Arif Alvi also condemned the blast in Lahore.  He expressed grief over the loss of precious lives in the incident and said those involved in such despicable incident in the holy month of Ramazan are misguided elements.

Condemning the blast, Chief Minister of Punjab Usman Buzdar has ordered an inquiry into the blast that occurred near Data Darbar in Lahore Wednesday.

According to details, the CM has summoned a high-level meeting to discuss the law and order situation in the city while he has also canceled his Sargodha and Sheikhupura visits.

Sardar Usman Khan Buzdar has said the government did not receive any specific security threats regarding the Data Darbar suicide attack which killed 10 and injured 28 persons.

Talking to media men, he said the information on different threats was a routine but no specific threat regarding Data Darbar was received by the law enforcement or intelligence agencies.

Provincial Law Minister Raja Muhammad Basharat, Minister Auqaf and Religious Affairs Syed Saeed ul Hassan, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Punjab Capt (Retd) Arif Nawaz Khan and Deputy Commissioner Lahore Saleha Saeed were present.

The CM rejected the speculation that police did not reach the incident’s site on time, adding the police responded immediately with valor. To another question, he said the culprits would be traced soon and apprehended by the police.

The CM said he had visited the Punjab Safe Cities Authority (PSCA) headquarters after the incident and himself monitored the whole operation. He also announced financial compensation for the victims of the incident.

Earlier today, a suicide attack targeted a vehicle of police elite force in the immediate vicinity of Data Darbar in Lahore, which killed at least 10 persons and injured 30 others.

Rescue 1122 officials and police officers rushed to the spot along with a heavy convoy of police forces, and began operation and investigation, respectively. NNI



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