TIMES OF PEDIA(TOP) STRONGLY CONDEMNS THE ATTACK ON INNOCENT PEOPLE IN LAHORE BLAST . THE WORLD COMMUNITY SHOULD RAISE THEIR VOICE AGAINST EVERY BRUTAL AND INHUMAN ACTIVITY LIKE ISRAEL’S ATROCITIES OVER PALESTINE INNOCENT PUBLIC SINCE ALMOST 4 DECADES , STATE TERRORISM AGAINST MINORITIES GLOBALLY.
Lahore: The death toll in the horrific Taliban suicide bombing at a popular public park where Christians were celebrating Easter in this eastern Pakistani city rose to 72 on Monday.
A large number of people including Christians were present in the Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park in Iqbal Town area in Lahore when the blast occurred on Sunday, leaving many in a pool of blood.
“The toll has risen to 72. The rescue operation is continuing,” a rescue official of the Punjab Province government told Express News. The park is located in a posh-locality in Lahore, the hometown of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The city is comparatively peaceful in an otherwise violence-wracked Pakistan.
Those killed included women and children. Over 300 people were also injured in the attack and many of them were in a critical condition.
The brutal attack by a suicide bomber – believed to be in his 20s – was claimed by the Jamaatul Ahrar, a splinter group of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
Several leaders, including Prime Minister Sharif and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan,and other religious organisations have condemned the blast. Christian leaders also strongly condemned the attack. Meanwhile, all schools under the All Pakistan Private Schools Federation were closed today.
Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has announced three-day mourning after the suicide attack.