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Rescuers and officials gather at the bomb blast site in Lahore.─AFP
Rescuers and officials gather at the bomb blast site in Lahore.─AFP

LAHORE: At least 72 people were killed in a suicide blast that took place in Lahore's crowded Gulshan-i-Iqbal park on Sunday evening, police confirmed on Monday. At least 300 others were injured.

Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Operations Dr Haider Ashraf said the death toll had risen to 72 overnight.

In the wake of the attack, the Punjab government declared an emergency in Lahore and announced three days of mourning. Schools and markets were closed in the provincial capital on Monday.

PM Nawaz and Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar at Jinnah Hospital. ─ DawnNews PM Nawaz and Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar at Jinnah Hospital. ─ DawnNews

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar on Monday paid a visit to the injured admitted to Jinnah Hospital for treatment.

PM Nawaz also chaired a meeting at Prime Minister House to review the security situation in Lahore. The prime minister was briefed on the attack by his security advisers, a PM Office statement said, adding: "Key decisions to respond to the situation were taken and directions were issued."

A First-Information Report was lodged by the Counter-Terrorism Department Lahore against four suspects under Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act and various sections of the Pakistan Penal Code.

The FIR claims four suspicious individuals were stopped at the gate of the park, one of whom got into the park and blew himself up. The other three, taking advantage of the rush at the scene, were able to slip away, it says.

A five member joint interrogation team comprising officials from police, ISI and IB was constituted by the Punjab government late Monday night to probe the attack.

'Questionable security'

Map showing the site of the attack. ─ AFP Map showing the site of the attack. ─ AFP

The powerful blast ripped through a massively crowded area of the park adjacent to Gate 1 which houses swings, train and some other attractions for children.

Witnesses said the crowd included a large number of Christian families celebrating Easter, Dawn Newspaper reported.

Witnesses said the blast was so massive and fatal that there were pools of blood and scattered body parts in the park. The injured were seen crying for help and women running to find their children.

The incident raised a big question mark over the ‘security measures’ especially in the wake of terror threats.

Lahore CCPO retired Capt Amin Wains, quoting initial police inquiries, said the park was pathetically managed by the Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA) and its boundary walls – only four to five feet in height – were easily scalable.

He said the PHA management was responsible for frisking the visitors and 40 private guards were manning the recreational facility spanning over 2.5 km area for security.

He ruled out a security lapse on the part of police and said two mobile squads had been stationed at the main gate of the park.

Police investigate blast

DIG Operations Haider Ashraf said that at least 15 to 20 kg explosive material had been used by the suicide bomber. He said that police found the ‘skull’ of the suspect from the blast site and sent it for forensic analysis.

To a question about the motive behind the terrorism, he said it would be premature to say anything at this stage. "However, the terrorist hit a very soft target of women and children," he said.

An identity card police found from the site of the blast may be of the alleged suicide bomber.

The DIG Operations said that according to initial inquiry, Yousuf, a young man from Muzaffargarh, might be the bomber.

He said four friends of Yousuf had been detained by Muzaffargarh police from Basti Sohrani for questioning.

A witness, who was running a stall near the blast site, told reporters that a suspect aged between 20 and 30 was seen roaming in the park. He said one of the security guards of the Park had questioned him for his presence and then left him unattended.

Sunday's attack was claimed by the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan Jamaatul Ahrar, who also claimed last year's twin suicide bombings at churches in Lahore's Youhanabad area, which killed at least 15 people and sparked violent protests across the city.

'Nightmarish scenes'

A child is rushed from the blast site - screen grab A child is rushed from the blast site - screen grab

Eye witnesses recalled pools of blood and scattered body parts spread across the site of the attack.

Witnesses said they could hear children screaming as people carried the injured in their arms, while frantic relatives searched for loved ones in nightmarish scenes at the park near the centre of the city.

"We took the injured to hospitals on rickshaws and taxis," one eye witness said.

He added that the crowd was "unusually large" because of Easter.

"The roads were also jammed and queues of vehicles could be seen till Moon Market."

Initial scene outside a hospital following the attack. ─ DawnNews Initial scene outside a hospital following the attack. ─ DawnNews

Doctors described frenzied scenes at hospitals, with staff treating casualties on floors and in corridors, as officials tweeted calls for blood donations.

Javed Ali, a 35-year-old who lives opposite the park, said the force of the blast had shattered his home's windows.

“After ten minutes I went outside. There was human flesh on the walls of our house. People were crying, I could hear ambulances.”

Yousaf Masih, a father who was searching for his family, told AFP: “My kids came here (to the park). I was at home, I saw the news on TV, but my wife and children were here.”

Gen Raheel chairs military huddle after blast

Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif chaired a high-level meeting late Sunday night, which was attended by heads of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Military Intelligence (MI) among other military officials, said Lt Gen Asim Bajwa on Twitter.

The army chief ordered concerned commanders and intelligence officials to immediately start operations to nab perpetrators of the attack, said Bajwa.

Gen Raheel said these “inhumane savages will not be allowed to overrun our life and liberty.”

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also chaired a meeting at the PM House where he was briefed by his security advisers on the Lahore attack, said a statement released from his office.

Modi calls Nawaz, condemns Lahore attack

Indian premier Narendra Modi telephoned PM Nawaz after the Lahore blast that killed at least 70, and expressed his condolences.

Terming the attack as cowardly for targeting women and children, Modi underlined the need for ‘uncompromising efforts’ to fight terror.

Premier Nawaz Sharif condemned the blast and directed authorities to ensure "special medical care" to the injured.

"My children, brothers and sisters have been targeted in this attack," Nawaz said in a statement.

The Vatican also condemned the attack, calling it "fanatical violence against Christian minorities", and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for Islamabad to protect religious minorities.

Additional reporting by Ali Akbar from Peshawar

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Khan - Pakistani , USA Mar 27, 2016 07:19pm

Only empty claims and promises ! Our country is still vulnerable and unsafe . Only fake sense of safety and security is spread to legitimize the state aggressive agrnda against innocent civilians !

Zak Mar 27, 2016 07:24pm

Our Prayers for injured.

The End is Near Mar 27, 2016 07:28pm

Justice delayed is justice denied.

pakistan Mar 27, 2016 07:28pm

@Khan - Pakistani , USA brother its a really sad sad moment but compare 2015-16 to 2011-13 I would say situation is very better now and recently we caught "indian TOURIST with double identities in rural Baluchistan" so it can also be a mischief ...GOD BLESS PAKISTAN .....Pakistan zindabad

lafanga Mar 27, 2016 07:30pm

We are not safe , NAP ,Zarb -E -Azb have failed to bring peace , we need to neutralize enemies that surround us at any cost and quickly , whatever may be the consequences.

citizen Mar 27, 2016 07:31pm

What happened to the national action plan? It is the responsibility of the elected government to safeguard the lives of common citizens..

Muslim Medina Mar 27, 2016 07:31pm

All our leaders are engaged in mud slinging and self praise. The leaders have full security and people have none. Authorities know which Mederassahs groom terrorists but are afraid to act. As long as this continues terror attacks will be carried out now and then.

Abid Mar 27, 2016 07:32pm

I hope the Federal and Punjab Govt. at least now gives a go ahead for Rangers' IBOs in Punjab where the networks of these terrorists haven't been hit hard enough.

sana Mar 27, 2016 07:36pm

I am crying tears of blood seeing this news, Govt should do whatever it takes to bring peace and stop bloodshed , all Pakistanis are with the army and govt .

Afghan Mar 27, 2016 07:36pm

RIP to the dead wishing fast recovery for the injured. Terrible news.

Desi Dimag Mar 27, 2016 07:39pm

RIP departed souls. People should choose the ruling party between the army and civilian government.

em ahmed Mar 27, 2016 07:41pm

Really sad, barbarians targeting the innocent children again.

usman bhatti Mar 27, 2016 07:42pm

A Very Sad Incident, After Aressting Indian Agent From Balochistan

Aks Mar 27, 2016 07:50pm

Targeting children's park is the sign of a sick society. It's not security that needs upgradation, it's the society and its people.

Factual Mar 27, 2016 07:50pm

RIP innocent souls. Terrorists have shown once more how low they can stoop to target innocents. Targetting woman and children in a family Park is beyond limits of barbarism.

Pakistani nation must stick together and keep eyes out for these animals. They live and move among us. It is a difficult war to fight and Europe despite its best resources could not stop such attacks. Instead of criticism, we must look to learn from our mistakes and plug the holes in our security net. We, the citizens have a large role to play. Security forces can not be everywhere and anywhere all the time.

Maxx Mar 27, 2016 07:52pm

Brainwashed and brain dead people doing this under some kind of intoxication. Get the real handlers operating from other countries.

Zahid Mar 27, 2016 07:56pm

The barbarians hit 'soft' targets because Zarb-e-Azb has crushed their power to hit hard targets.

changez_khan Mar 27, 2016 07:58pm

Team sent to Pathankot should come back and investigate these incidents in Pakistan, when we are not safe , how can we spare for others ?

sanatani Mar 27, 2016 08:00pm

sad sad sad..why such a soft target, shame on the barbarians. RIP the departed souls.

Zak Mar 27, 2016 08:01pm

OMG !!! 53 people , national emergency should be declared immediately and PM should convene an emergency meeting with Army and publicly announce the next action plan to people , we are anxious and deeply concerned.

ripan Mar 27, 2016 08:02pm

speechless..condolences to the families

Known Unknown Mar 27, 2016 08:03pm

Sad. Very sad. What do these killers achieve by killing innocent people? RIP to all those dead.

Muhammad Shrafat Mar 27, 2016 08:03pm

Despite too tight security. ..... R.I.P

Ajay Mar 27, 2016 08:05pm

Sad. Condolences to the families of the dead. A speedy recovery for the injured. Hope the violent people of the world change heir ways. Pray they let some humanity and compassion into their souls.

Desi Dimag Mar 27, 2016 08:05pm

So sad, humanity is dying.

ripan Mar 27, 2016 08:05pm

we the people of subcontinent must do something about it..its lahore no brussels or paris,they wouldn't give a damn..say no to extremism and stop harboring the culprits

Bharat Mar 27, 2016 08:05pm

Please no children park...Spare them for god sake....What will be achieved by killing women and children....No moral standard for these terrorists... What ideologies, teaching they are following.. Shame on them...

khan Mar 27, 2016 08:05pm

@changez_khan ... This is right. Stop this sham investigation, time to forget pathankot and move on, forget talks with india

taimoor khan Mar 27, 2016 08:07pm

What raw materials were used in making these bombs ,are they easily available, if so, then these materials should be banned in Pakistan, whoever possesing them should be given strictest punishment and all materials confiscated, we have seen several such incidents , hopefully we should have stopped them by now.

Ali Mar 27, 2016 08:07pm

Another attack by RAW on Pakistani soil.

DeLhIiTe! Mar 27, 2016 08:08pm

Ahh! Terrible terrible news... God bless all. May the departed souls rest in peace.. Take care everybody!

Optimistic PK Mar 27, 2016 08:09pm

inna-lil-liahi-wa-inna-eelihi-rajioon. Dear Nation ... it's not over yet.

Ufo Mar 27, 2016 08:09pm

It may be related to the recent arrest in Balochistan. Full investigation and exposure needed.

asif Mar 27, 2016 08:09pm

Well, this is bound to happen, till we really take concrete steps to send all the Afghans back and all the "madrasas" and "imam braghs" get proper registration. Otherwise, I am afraid anyone can be humiliated and get killed, like yesterday happened to JJ and a few years back happened to Salman Taseer.

Dr Riffat Jabeen Mar 27, 2016 08:11pm

Oh my God. Save my country, save my people. My heart bleeds...

Hassan Mar 27, 2016 08:12pm

Consequences of the operation in Southern Punjab. Who says Lahore is the safest city in Pakistan.

Abxz Mar 27, 2016 08:12pm

Cancer not removed entirely grows again. No selective treatment to this cancer. Total destruction is needed. Total experience inhalation or nothing.

Raju Mar 27, 2016 08:12pm

Bombs and Bullets are not the solutin of any problem. Please do not use on the innocent women and childrens, because those are gods blessings to human being.

Manu Mar 27, 2016 08:13pm

It is high time both Pakistan and India join hands against terrorism. Innocent lives are lost in both the countries. I really feel for all the families who have lost their loved ones. May God give strength to them

Dr Riffat Jabeen Mar 27, 2016 08:14pm

So many innocent lives.... Who is responsible?

Aflah Omar Mar 27, 2016 08:15pm

My heart is weeping. We need to neutralize these these monsters and their masterminds asap whether insiders or outsiders working under our noses.

Truth Mar 27, 2016 08:16pm

Pakistans biggest enemy are the terrorists. But who funds these terrorists. Honestly I blame the US which is the main reason for all this in Muslim world which in reality peacefull countries turned to hell.

najeeb Mar 27, 2016 08:16pm

NAP, Zarb e ASB, military courts,,, all have become questionable.

Syed Ali Mar 27, 2016 08:16pm

Pakistan has a problem and a big one; unfortunately Pakistanis always blame outside hands; which may be true in some instances. One of the major source for the rise of terrorism is very high unemployment rate of youth. It is time to train these young and restless so they can earn respectable wage and feed their families. Start out by turning madrasa into technical schools, teach theses students, how to fix air-conditioners, cars, computers, communication equipment, plumbing, etc; let the people do it without the help of government as they are full of incompetent, and corrupt.

Wajahat Ali Mar 27, 2016 08:18pm

What a tragic incident..... Lahore is bleeding........ Prayers for injured and condolences for Shaheeds

Mrs.Khan Mar 27, 2016 08:19pm

OMG , When will we learn and end this menace once and for all, why are we still hesitant to take full and decisive action against all groups .

Optimistic PK Mar 27, 2016 08:19pm

Dear Nation ... it's not over yet ....

Ali Vazir Mar 27, 2016 08:19pm

Have said that this act is highly condemn-able, what should be the future discourse? Will there be a just call to be united against the perpetrators, their abettors, supporters, sympathizers? Unless the country gets united against all these nurseries of terrorism, will keep receiving such bad news.

Raja Hindustani Mar 27, 2016 08:19pm

Barbaric !!! Who & why innocent childrens are targeted? RIP

Maqsood Mar 27, 2016 08:20pm

The IGP should resign.

Dr Riffat Jabeen Mar 27, 2016 08:22pm

People behind all these terrorist acts are worst enemy of humanity. Now is the high time that we all fight against this menace with full strength to protect our country, and our innocent people.

Nadeem Mar 27, 2016 08:26pm

RAW has been funding TTP who brain-washes these idiots to bomb innocent people (Indian currency was found in terrorist hideouts).

Muzzamil Mar 27, 2016 08:28pm

Those who are complaining India and lack of security should know that these can happen easily in any part of the world even in USA. The only reason why it is happening in Pakistan is because of extremism.

M Zaki Mar 27, 2016 08:31pm

it was a Big one and after that the sounds of ambulances were heard from every direction ...

Iqra Irshad Mar 27, 2016 08:34pm

What security what prosperity? We are required to hit the core now, educate the country because extremism is nowhere but here right in our skulls in our head. Everyone is talking about controlling the after effects of the trash piled up in our brains but not about cleaning the trash itself. We need some serious reforms and that can only come around in shape of educating ourselves and bring up civilized citizens rather than letting the garbage grow in shape of brains and then bearing the consequences. This is the only and the best way to control the terrorism. Highly condemn the tragedy. May God be merciful!

Arjun Mar 27, 2016 08:34pm

Very sorry to find the news. Find t culprit an shoot them in same park.

Sunil Mar 27, 2016 08:34pm

Any CCTV in the park, if so can catch the culprit(s).

joe Mar 27, 2016 08:35pm

A shame to target children and women ..

arun kant sharma Mar 27, 2016 08:36pm

please spare the world.

Sachin Mar 27, 2016 08:36pm

@changez_khan all the terrorists have internal linkages and sympathies and logistics. They buy arms from same black market. Remember that at the end they believe they are all "defending Islam and Muslims" from kafirs .

Naxalite Mar 27, 2016 08:37pm

What happened to NAP? Do anyone care for ordinary Pakistani?

aditi sharma Mar 27, 2016 08:38pm

God bless pakistan...its high time that India and Pakistan right against terrorism together

Ali Mar 27, 2016 08:39pm

For God's sake do operation in Punjab. If generals want to protect Nawaz sharif's power and corruption, then fine they should declare him PM for next 50 years (judges will help them come up with a clause from Islam that will justify this 50 year rule) but for God's sake do operation and protect innocent lives.

Rohit Mar 27, 2016 08:39pm

Too bad. My heart felt condolences for the families of the victims. Human life is too precious.

TQ Mar 27, 2016 08:42pm

Very Very painful and sad incident, yet again but we will have to tackle these terrorists "head on" for our future generations, come what may, at whatever price. They will be exterminated inshaAllah soon. Long Live Pakistan.

sam Mar 27, 2016 08:42pm

@Nadeem

RIP, but it's good that u always blame other, India in this and that...god bless you.

SAEED MASOOD Mar 27, 2016 08:43pm

Sad very Sad...these terrorist are now spreading to soft targets after being hit by the army...All Pakistan should stay united and keep fighting ...victory will be ours Inshahallah

sam Mar 27, 2016 08:43pm

@Muzzamil

Correct

AdHawk Mar 27, 2016 08:45pm

Impossible to stop these attacks at the target. Need intelligence using cutting edge surveillance technology to thwart these at the source.

arsalan Mar 27, 2016 08:48pm

Don't lose hope fellow citizens. We are at war. War has its cost. Our sacrifice is for the future generation. Stay strong... We shall prevail.

critic Mar 27, 2016 08:48pm

Terrible.....a sad day for lahore....cnt even imagine the scenes....attack on red zone in isd n blast in lahore seem related.....this is time of action....army n police should arrest all these terrorists

Faheem... Mar 27, 2016 08:49pm

I am extremely sorry to know about the explosion.. really we were expecting that soon peace will cover the pakistan but again this blast has broken our hearts dont know what and why is it gonna happen ? why only children are being killed who these peoples are and what they want

Kahn Mar 27, 2016 08:50pm

Omg!! A chilrends park!!! And still no one will condemn these monsters

em ahmed Mar 27, 2016 08:50pm

Whoever did this and was behind this horrible horrible crime will burn in hell forever.

Wise Mar 27, 2016 08:54pm

Such atrocities will not vanish with tears and prayers. It is time to rethink role of religion in politics and its practice in the society. Bangladesh is moving in the right direction by removing Islam as its state religion. Pakistan is in the grip of religious fanaticism for some time. Unless all the avenues for animosity is shut out such incidences are likely to occur again and again.

Ajay Vikram Singh Mar 27, 2016 08:55pm

I was about to call up my friend in Pakistan, to check if he is watching the t20 match, and i have come across this news. I am so damn sad and angry ....children's park?!! Whoever did it is pure and complete evil.

This is not done! Stop this evil.

Ash.ksa Mar 27, 2016 08:58pm

Ya rab- yarhamkomllah- still my country needs more security,more loyalty and more management. where the hell are my leaders ? what are they doing if they can't manage properly the peace of city. I wish and I pray for corruption free state, we still need to think about many things rather than opening new markets,introducing brands and getting vulgar in the name of so called modernism. I humbly request everyone to pray for Pakistan.

SHAHZ Mar 27, 2016 09:01pm

:( , speechless, courage my family , I hope the real culprits are annihilated soon

shah Mar 27, 2016 09:02pm

check CCTV since it is a public park there must be a CCTV

Sohaib Khan Mar 27, 2016 09:03pm

Prayers for Pakistan.

PS. Those who got butchered today were all humans, Pakistanis and Muslims. I hope western media remembers this.

Changez_Khan Mar 27, 2016 09:05pm

This is clearly RAW's hand, this is in retaliation of their SPY agent's arrest in Baluchistan.

Citizen Mar 27, 2016 09:08pm

Innalillahe wa inna alehi rajioon. What a heinous act. May God protect the humanity from evil doers.

Nooru52 Mar 27, 2016 09:09pm

God bless them.

Ali Mar 27, 2016 09:09pm

This is shamefull

Imran Malik Mar 27, 2016 09:14pm

Very sad indeed. RIP. Our Ulema are busy fighting the women rights bill. God Forbid if yge right to beat up your wives is taken away from a true monin. Let us see if any of our Ulemas condem the animals that kill our children!

Ask Mar 27, 2016 09:16pm

My heart bleeds for you Pakistan.. With prayers from India.

Rajendra Mar 27, 2016 09:16pm

Shocking news..very sad..innocent people are not safe anywhere Praying for peace.

Elizabeth Mar 27, 2016 09:17pm

Please know much love and prayers are being sent ❤️❤️

usa for pakistan Mar 27, 2016 09:17pm

I am so incredibly sorry to hear of this. I send prayers and thoughts of love to the injured and families of the victims. I wish for safety and security for the innocent people of Pakistan who are being targeted by cowards. It is not right. I pray for peace.

Patriot Mar 27, 2016 09:19pm

No one is to blame for this carnage except WE the people of Pakistan. The so-called nation. We elect our leaders who let us down yet we elect these incompetent spineless people repeatedly. We the people, decide our fate emotionally. We do not stand to say enough is enough. True that its almost impossible to stop a suicide bomber, but are our military / security apparatus that clueless they can't find these miscreants? We are fifth largest nation on the planet, a nuclear power, yet nothing to show for it. Shame on us. Shame on me as a Pakistani to let this happen.

Chetan Mar 27, 2016 09:19pm

I am an Indian And I am deeply pained by this My heart goes out for the family of those deceased Rip innocent souls Time has come when the world comes together and root out the terrorism Deeply saddened :(

A. Ali Mar 27, 2016 09:20pm

so sad.......... a life saved is one step closer to defeating such coward act

pmln law minister are you there... you were boasting about no presence of militancy in Punjab ... what is this ? your own act or from those whom you are protecting ?

karthik Mar 27, 2016 09:20pm

Deepest Condolences ... Targeting women and Children.. cant stoop any lower..

ajay Mar 27, 2016 09:21pm

very sad...may Lord help the victims. We Indians praying for you dear Pakkisthani bros ans sisters....

AKB Mar 27, 2016 09:22pm

Once again innocent people have been targeted. Shame on perpetrators.

AM Mar 27, 2016 09:23pm

how many more innocent lives need to be lost before people open their eyes and stand up against the extremists!!

Desi Dimag Mar 27, 2016 09:23pm

Yet to recognize real enemy.

Khalid gull Mar 27, 2016 09:26pm

condolences for the bereaved families from indian occupied kashmir

Syed Ahmed Mar 27, 2016 09:26pm

I condemn the brutal attack on women and children in Gulshan-i-Iqbal Park of Iqbal Town, killing numerous and injuring several. The Punjab government has announced three days of mourning. In Karachi, Sindh hundreds of men, women and children have been killed, the city should be mourning all the 7 days of the week. Time is not far away the security of Jati Umra will be breached unless given guarantee is given by an external power.

Dare Mar 27, 2016 09:29pm

Co-ordinated attack in Lahore and Islamabad by the enemies of Islam.

Bhargav Mar 27, 2016 09:34pm

Prayers with you Lahore.... This act of terrorism should not be pardoned..... Hope the injured recover soon

MAN Mar 27, 2016 09:35pm

May God bless their innocent souls. My prayers with all Christian Community of Pakistan.

Mumbai indian Mar 27, 2016 09:36pm

I look at kids and families around me and can imagine what the families of the victims would be undergoing. May God give them strength.

Noshin Mar 27, 2016 09:44pm

very sad!

Waqar (UK) Mar 27, 2016 09:45pm

This is tragic! My condolences to all those who lost their loved ones including the minorities celebrating Easter with their children, in this sickening act of terror. To all Pakistanis, please donate blood and medicine for the victims, lessen their burden. If there is a charity helpline,please post it. I'll be the first one to donate, Inshallah.

Noshin Mar 27, 2016 09:46pm

Those who attacked the children and women are inhuman and cold-blooded, it will likely to disrespect animals by calling them animals!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

mahjbeen khan Mar 27, 2016 09:48pm

we are helpless ....I can only pray for the affected families who suffered in this attack . women and children both make home and in this attack, many homes were scattered.May God protect our children and our sweet homeland ,Pakistan .

Hopeful Mar 27, 2016 09:52pm

Terrible news,innocent citizens including children once again became the victims.Govt is failed again to protect its citizens .No more excuses,let the forces wipe out these coward terrorists in Punjab as well.Govt should seriously go after these barbaric terrorist whosoever they are by defeating this evil ideology .

Kris Mar 27, 2016 09:53pm

OMG this is sick. These guys are cowards. Real men don't attack women and children.

Afaq Mar 27, 2016 09:57pm

Unless we do not address source of the problem (misguided religious fanatics) we will not be able to solve this issue. Concenterate on the root cause instead of trimming branches.

Viswas Mar 27, 2016 10:04pm

It is painful to see this happening.

Augustan Mar 27, 2016 10:05pm

Rip

Danish Mar 27, 2016 10:10pm

Very sad news.

Ash Mar 27, 2016 10:11pm

This is very sad. Pakistan needs to stop differentiating between good and bad terrorists. Today's good terrorists will become tomorrow's bad terrorists.

Wajid Mar 27, 2016 10:15pm

I wish Nawaz Sharif and Shabaz Sharif should resign now after serving 8 years to Punjab.

Arun Mar 27, 2016 10:19pm

Ugly phase of terrorism.....

Madiha akhtar Mar 27, 2016 10:19pm

Recreational places under attack! Tragic day for Pakistan

PatelD Mar 27, 2016 10:20pm

This is a dreadful era of suicide bombing as a weapon. This is a weapon of a mindset of ideology that is set-by-default to cause the destruction with self-destruction and it will find its way somehow to go off at public places. It is impossible to provide security at all public places and too many security checks would diminish the quality of life. So let us pray, provide security as much as practically possible and eliminate suicide bomb factories for short term. For the long term we all need to unite in finding some long term solution of sanitizing the vulnerable brains, so that no human will use his/her body as suicide bomb.

wshaikh Mar 27, 2016 10:22pm

It is a national tragedy and my heartfelt condolences to the families of victims. We must do everything in our power to eliminate the menace of terrorism. We must address the root cause while making sure that security apparatus is utilizing all the resources to optimize the security and safety of the people of Pakistan.

Education is the first step toward eliminating fundamentalism in Pakistan. Second, we need to strengthen our Judiciary to provide swift Justice. Another important thing is to have a better coordination between our intelligence agencies. Police and security forces must be upgraded and fully equipped to deter terrorism.

Pakistan needs a foreign policy that is based on friendly relationship will all the neighbors and promote peace and stability in the region. Pakistan should develop good relationship with all the countries in the region and around globe. We should not fight a proxy war of west or Saudi Arabia. We should work as a peace maker and not a war maker.

Raj Mar 27, 2016 10:26pm

This is a huge loss for the humanity. Terrorism has to be liquidated from the world and i dont know, when governments can do it unless each and every country is united and stand against the terrorism. NOBODY can compensate and console the grieving families. May god give strength to the affected families to pass through this difficult stage. We indians strongly condemn this inhuman act from our heart. Perpetrators should be brought to book whoever they may be and whatever tehir nationalities be.

Deepak Talwar Mar 27, 2016 10:27pm

Heart breaking news. Most tragic. I am engulfed with grief.

Ali Mar 27, 2016 10:31pm

Strongly condemn the terrorist attack on Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, Lahore. We are losing innocent lives. Prayers for their souls... The rulers of Pakistan should not let the blood of the innocent go in waste. Terrorists and their sympathizers are the enemies of Pakistan, and the enemies of humanity.

Merchant Mar 27, 2016 10:34pm

@pakistan you are absolutely correct. We need to identify enemy agents by extensive use of photos and videos by law enforcing agencies so that it can be used as evidence. Not every terrorist is a mullah but every enemy agent is a certified terrorist.

Arslan Mar 27, 2016 10:36pm

Enough is enough! Rangers are a must now in Punjab. Political parties must stop protecting these extremist elements. How much more shall we bleed?

Reality Mar 27, 2016 10:37pm

What kind of a security system is in place in our country? Big cities can not be managed, or are they not willing to do so? Our countries management has been in deep sleep since 80's. Wake up please, stop talking now using any forums, do your job or leave the job.

mozef Mar 27, 2016 10:37pm

@Aks Very well said. You can never secure all public places from terrorists. We need to work on our fundamentalist culture and society.

Nadeem Mar 27, 2016 10:37pm

'No security' because Punjab police is busy protecting sharifs??

Desi Bhai Mar 27, 2016 10:37pm

India is with you my Pakistani friends! We need to fight this menace together!

Justice Mar 27, 2016 10:38pm

It's very very very sad. I am with the innocents. No one wins, but innocents lose

India se Mar 27, 2016 10:38pm

This killing spree is just unending. War is fought in the battlefield. Why target innocents?

Kp Mar 27, 2016 10:39pm

These terrorists are the real infidels and Maulanas who are believe in true Islam will issue Fatwa against these murderers!

Django Mar 27, 2016 10:39pm

Nothing will happen until Afghanistan is cleared of TTP!

UDas Mar 27, 2016 10:40pm

RIP. We must fight against terrorism.

ACR Mar 27, 2016 10:41pm

Horrible so many innocent were killed , another tragic day for innocent people of Pakistan , whole world is mourning for victims .Hope culprits will be punished for this heinous crime soon. Only people of Pakistan can stop these criminals by uniting together .

Kanwaljeet singh Mar 27, 2016 10:43pm

Why r they killing children?.

kamran Mar 27, 2016 10:44pm

where is the religious so called experts now who condemn women bill? this murder attack on children now and still not a single religious person condemn it?

haider Mar 27, 2016 10:45pm

So is anyone from the leadership accepting accountability and resigning? PM CM COAS leader of the opposition?

Anyone?

Rizwan Mar 27, 2016 10:45pm

those who were voicing so loudly against women's protection bill now quiet over this barbaric incident?

Good Point Mar 27, 2016 10:47pm

Really depressing. This is one war against terrorism which Indians hope Pakistan wins

Nilesh Mar 27, 2016 10:47pm

prayforpakistan very sad indeed....

imran altaf Mar 27, 2016 10:48pm

Pakistan is morally bankrupt - no law or justice nor protection for innocent people

Mann Singh Mar 27, 2016 10:49pm

Oh my god! Condolences and surge of anger against the perps.

Ahmer Mar 27, 2016 10:49pm

Gen Raheel, please leave foreign policy to the politicians and focus on making people safe. People trust no one else other than you.

OM Mar 27, 2016 10:49pm

The government has failed to provide safety and security to its citizens, despite the large claims of successful operations in the country in the media. They simply can't arrest the criminals and punish them.

Paklander Mar 27, 2016 10:51pm

Silent majority is guilty for not calling out on these religious freaks. Too many sympathizers live among us. We are all guilty!!!

Feroz Mar 27, 2016 10:53pm

My deepest condolences to the families of the deceased, may their soul rest in peace. Pakistan, please give up on good and bad Taliban, good and bad terrorists, every life lost is precious. Put away the hate preachers first, neutralizing the foot soldiers will become a lot easier.

Raj Mar 27, 2016 10:53pm

@Ash I think this is not the time to give advices and rather we should condole the families and condemn this dastardly act.

Ashish Mar 27, 2016 10:53pm

How can someone target innocent lives? This is shameful. India and Pakistan should work together and eliminate all terrorists. This should be a state of emergency for the whole nation not just one province.

Abdul Mar 27, 2016 10:54pm

Too depressive; prayers for dead souls, their family and injured from India. Hope this madness ends soon. Inshallah.

prado Mar 27, 2016 10:55pm

all the current government fault... who asked them not to professionalize the police force..

zahir Mar 27, 2016 10:56pm

My heart goes out to the victims and their families. Wish for their speedy recovery.

Raghu Mar 27, 2016 10:56pm

Pakistan need to give jobs to population which is exploding day by day...may be bring 2 child per family rule so children can be educated in good schools...and these bombings can be stopped forever...

Rani Mar 27, 2016 10:57pm

I hope and pray that our leadership will unite, set aside their differences, and work together to bring Pakistan back on track. I really hope we see Pakistan become a great nation once again and I pray for peace, harmony, and prosperity. Long Live Pakistan!

nasir siddique Mar 27, 2016 10:57pm

Terrorists have done what terrorists do, kill innocent men, women and children. Now the nation must react by marching in their hubdreds of thousands across the nation to tell the terrorists that they and their actions are not acceptable.

sam Mar 27, 2016 10:58pm

@Changez_Khan

RIP,

Whenever this thing happen you blame so body from outside, did u ever checked profile of those who speak bad about other country.

They r the one, not one, may be now in hundreds an slowly will be in thousands.

Stop praising any one who is speaking against others and stop blaming other.

18-28 age is soft target by these men/women.

Umair Mar 27, 2016 10:58pm

Peace in Pakistan is impossible w/o peace in Afghanistan. We need to get rid of good-bad terrorists concept. The earlier we do this, better it will be for Pakistan.

Arun Mar 27, 2016 10:59pm

This is insane. Where is humanity? Where ever you are please wake up and wake others up before the beasts takes over humanity. God bless the innocent souls who lost their lives and their loved ones who are left behind to suffer the pain of loss.

Zak Mar 27, 2016 10:59pm

Unbelievable. The toll is now 64. We need to expand the anti-terrorist operations ruthlessly to target the perpetrators.

Ali Rizvi Mar 27, 2016 11:01pm

Why was Punjab government so slow to act against terrorists? Will only Orange line save the province? Why wasnt NAP enacted upon!

Too many questions to be answered here!

Zak Mar 27, 2016 11:02pm

Don't worry about the people as long as our corrupt leaders are safe in their palaces behind layers of security.

Lost cause Mar 27, 2016 11:02pm

This is madness and nothing else.

Vectra Mar 27, 2016 11:03pm

Killings killings killings every where you see there is killings,Syria,Iraq,Afganistan,Pakistan,Yemen etc and this i think is Pak govt fault also.I mean when you fight and threatens to not give women equal status and even protests to downgrade the women's protection bill and give men the upper hand and then when this sad and heinous crime against humanity occurs how do you expect that things will change that you talk about awareness????.Awareness comes by implementation not by mere talks. Peace is the need of the hour and urgent,conspiracy theory and threats should be discarded.

Saini Mar 27, 2016 11:05pm

Why there is no security in the park? There are elements in our society that are against peace loving people. India and Pakistan to join hands to share intelligence.

Futurewizard Mar 27, 2016 11:05pm

Our condolences are with you neighbor.

Mohammad Khan Mar 27, 2016 11:06pm

The security will there tomorrow

joe Mar 27, 2016 11:07pm

@Ali Any reasons that it should not be , if taken to be true

Krish Mar 27, 2016 11:07pm

My deepest condolences to the breved family, May The All Mighty give them grength and courage to overcome this situation. Its high time Gov.of PAK should eliminate all the terrorists to save the contry and world for the sake of humanity

Mar 27, 2016 11:09pm

Such a cowardly and shameful act. Terrorists must be wiped out from Earth.As Indian we deeply feel pain . Our condolences to the families of victims.

Ashish Jain Mar 27, 2016 11:09pm

Prayers for the injured and for the families of the victims from across the border. Very very saddened!

Hindustani Mar 27, 2016 11:09pm

Very sad. Condolences from India.

Last Word Mar 27, 2016 11:10pm

RIP RIP RIP We Indians are with Pakistan in the time of its grief.

Rahul Mar 27, 2016 11:11pm

May God give strength to the families Shameful act against the entire humanity.

Ifti Mar 27, 2016 11:11pm

We need Zarb e Asb in Punjab. So sad to hear such a terrible news. What an Easter message terrible Taliban are sending.

Justwasif Mar 27, 2016 11:12pm

Very sad, too much unfortunate

Viral Kohli Mar 27, 2016 11:12pm

This is a very sad news. Pakistan should finish all type of terrorism. India is with Pakistan in this endeavour. Terrorism destroys economy and society of nations.

Ali Mar 27, 2016 11:12pm

I request people in Pakistan and India, to stop pointing fingers at each other as we all know how our Govts works and are capable of. We should all pray for the deceased souls and injured ppl.

Imran ali Mar 27, 2016 11:12pm

suicide bomber resident Muzaffargarh... south Punjab

Zaheer Hassan Mar 27, 2016 11:15pm

I blame the Nawaz Government for this bloodshed because of their reluctance to impose national emergency in Pakistan which is the only way to stop terrorism in Pakistan.

Uzma Mar 27, 2016 11:16pm

Need ranger in the Lahore right away

gknatarajan Mar 27, 2016 11:17pm

very sad that innocent lives are lost! terrorism should be fought jointly by all! heartfelt condolences for all those who lost thier lives and prayers for early recovery of those injured!

@s@d Mar 27, 2016 11:19pm

Our prayers for the injured and dua's for the martyred. Your injuries and lives are a debt on our collective consciousness as a nation.

I beg all of you to condemn the mass murder of our fellow citizens in the strongest terms

Indian Mar 27, 2016 11:19pm

What the hell these terrorists want by killing innocent people? They are coward.

Rajat Mar 27, 2016 11:25pm

Extremely sad! Being from India we all were celebrating the Indian Win against Aus, and then this news hit us... Prayers for the family of the innocents who lost their lives... seriously hoping the number of casualties don't increase further!

Riaz Uddin Mar 27, 2016 11:26pm

Very sad! But who is accountable? PML(N) govt. should go home if she is unable to provide security to people of Pakistan.

The alleged acceptance of responsibility by TTP though is deplorable but insufficiently hard to bridge chasm created by such huge number of loss of lives of innocent people especially innocent children.

Enough is enough. To blame others for your own weaknesses and negligence is an old and trite pretext. Not acceptable under the circumstances.

ROHIT PANDEY Mar 27, 2016 11:28pm

Very,very sad. It must be agonizing for the families of the dead and injured.:(:(:(

Satyam Mar 27, 2016 11:30pm

Oh my God..... What a bad news.. Totally shocked...

Vikram Sood Mar 27, 2016 11:32pm

Those who target innocents are not humans, hunt and eliminate them before another innocent becomes a victim.

hari Mar 27, 2016 11:35pm

My hearty condolences to family members. Sending this msg is easy, but nobody can give dead people lives back to their family members.

Maurya Empire (Indian) Mar 27, 2016 11:35pm

Bad News.

Indian_citizen Mar 27, 2016 11:35pm

Dear friends in Pakistan, My heart weeps to know that so many innocent women and children were killed today in Lahore by the enemies of humanity. I didn't celebrate India's win over Australia as this news of the irreparable loss to your next generation made me very very sad. RIP

M. Asghar Mar 27, 2016 11:38pm

Three days' mourning is normal, but this does not solve the problem of terrorism. One has no choice but to deal with this mayhem boldly.

Azhar Mar 27, 2016 11:38pm

@Khan - Pakistani , USA , it is a very sad day- and of course Punjab Chief minister and his right hand law minister on several activities where they show case their activities and photo ops- CM was visiting a middle school in Lahore which means he do not trust his sub ordinates or he is after to win next election. CM job is to hire right teams for the every job and manage the activities. Indeed this size loss of life is total failure of his administration.

Strawberry Mar 27, 2016 11:39pm

This is the act of sick minded people.

ASIF Mar 27, 2016 11:40pm

These barbarian TTP folks are turning to soft targets. There backbone has been broken by our brave Army but the serpent is still alive and its head must be crushed thatit may not be able to bite.

Fazil K. Mar 27, 2016 11:40pm

@Syed Ali. Good idea. But high unemployment and poverty in other cultures does not lead to mass killing their own people.

Baber Mar 27, 2016 11:41pm

@Changez_Khan Right on the money! Why Shariffs are so quite?

Karan-Mumbai Mar 27, 2016 11:43pm

How do they brainwash someone to blow up children and women....its outrageous and pathetic.

Saif Mar 27, 2016 11:47pm

This is a learning opportunity for all of Pakistan not just our govt. We need to decide who we want to be. We need to weed out all forms of terrorism. Then our society will become less violent and hate oriented.

Kris Mar 27, 2016 11:52pm

@wshaikh Well said sir. If I may add, it's high time India-Pakistan-Afghanistan collaborate to eliminate terrorism from this part of the world. Too many lives have been lost to terrorism in South Asia.

Habib Mar 27, 2016 11:53pm

Govt fail to provide security to public This park is not far from PM house

Aqeel Aamir Mar 27, 2016 11:58pm

Quite a memorable day today: J.J beaten and abused, lives lost in Lahore Park and in Islamabad facilities destroyed and vehicles burnt. What's going on folks?

Hassan Mar 27, 2016 11:58pm

@Khan - Pakistani , USA what happened in Paris???? they claim to have the best security system around???these suicidal attacks are brutal and cannot be engaged, living in States and talking rubbish is the only thing expat can do. come over here and share the state in which we r living, this is still better as compared to daily explosions and attacks, COAS is not a magician to eradicate issues in months, we have come along way and things r getting better. hold ur horses, take a deep breath and analyse things before spitting nonsense.

Indian View Mar 27, 2016 11:59pm

Another attack claimed innocent people. This is happening very frequently almost every month. Must stop now.

Mady Mar 28, 2016 12:00am

How much heartless they go to do such atrocities regularly. Hope the survivor get courage to get on with life. Totally hopeless situation.

AXH Mar 28, 2016 12:01am

As expected, there has been no condemnation from any of the religious parties in Pakistan as well as from any of the "brotherly" ME countries.

Papa Mar 28, 2016 12:03am

@Aks Society was out there enjoying a holiday and I am sure you have these problems on your side of the border as well.

alok Mar 28, 2016 12:04am

Act of coward-ism!! May God give strength to all you. Really shameful act.

Faisal Mar 28, 2016 12:07am

I was there in the park at 3 pm today and was happy to see smiling faces...can't believe this would happen...:(

jab Mar 28, 2016 12:10am

Indeed very sad incident, My heart felt condolences to the families of victims and I pray to god to give strength to those families who have lost their dear ones in this attack... I CONDEMN THIS ATTACK

Anjan Mar 28, 2016 12:10am

I am deeply sad (and anguished) about the event in Lahore. My prayers are with the families who lost loved ones during the mindless attack on innocent & peace loving denizens of the city. Pray for the the quickest recovery for the injured.

भारतीय Mar 28, 2016 12:10am

Deep condolences for the innocent peoples who lost their life in blast. Sad part is that no one care for it as we have politicians who only care about money, power and influence.(for whole world)

Sachin Mar 28, 2016 12:13am

@Changez_Khan feel your pain, but be careful before blaming. Not bcoz I am Indian, but bcoz if you blame the wrong party in fit of anger, you will create two new problems. 1- the real culprit enemy is free 2- you will create a new enemy out of the wrong person. You will now have 2 enemies instead of 0. And this will keep on multiplying.

massimo from Italy Mar 28, 2016 12:15am

I hope here in the West there will be as much outrage and media coverage as for the Paris or Brussells attacks. But I highly doubt it. There should not be a distinction between innocent victims. French, Belge or Pakistanis.

Sachin Mar 28, 2016 12:16am

@arsalan -war with whom ? Isnt that the problem itself that everyone has different idea about who is enemy.

vicky Mar 28, 2016 12:16am

May God Bless Southasia. Our deepeset condolences with the aggrieved families. I guess enough is enough. Let India and Pak join hands with sincerity to wipe this region off from terrorism and radicalisation. Let's go for peace in my land and in your land. History tells us that south asia is one region and this is how entire world sees us - it is about time we see ourselves as one region working for peace and development.

bhaijan Mar 28, 2016 12:19am

As a Indian, I feel sick in my gut and my thoughts are with families who have lost innocent children.

Mohsin Ali Mar 28, 2016 12:20am

One of the most heart-wrenching incidents which made eveyone sad and compelled to mourn over. These coward terrorists can kill us but never defeat us...Their ambushed attacks will be answered soon when they will find and pieces of their accomplices and sleeper cells...

Ganesh Mar 28, 2016 12:30am

Will pray to god for well being of all affected....

Ajay Mar 28, 2016 12:37am

RIP. Pakistan needs to understand that we might be enemies, but terrorism is a bigger enemy. We must work together to defeat it. So far we do not see much positive development from Pakistani side.

Bikram Singh Mar 28, 2016 12:37am

@Syed Ali - Great comment. I wish every pakistani realizes what you wrote.

khalid soomro Mar 28, 2016 12:39am

an other carnage happened in Lahore Pakistan claimed more than 65 lives , aftermath traditional statements would continue as condemnation and announcement amount for dead and injured people . but the what the duty of government & security agency ? will it be in nation's destination .

Simple Mar 28, 2016 12:39am

An Inhuman act

sam Mar 28, 2016 12:40am

As long as certain elements of the society try to justify oppression, I think this carnage will continue. Why can't people just live and let others live with their own beliefs & rituals? Why do one is compelled to convince others that their beliefs & rituals are superior? And even if one is compelled to do that, why does it have to go to such extremes & there is no place left for others' beliefs?

Mubarik Mar 28, 2016 12:41am

My heart felt condolences to the afected families, may God grant them strength to go thru this terrible time. Unfortunately problem of terrorism can not be solved easily as mullahs are still sacred cows in Pakistan and government does not have guts to go after them.

Khan , USA Mar 28, 2016 12:43am

Rulers enjoy the helms of power and money while innocent and helpless civilians are left to be victimized at hands of terrorists !

Ajay Mar 28, 2016 12:49am

So far extremists and fanatics have been ruling Pakistan. It's time they go on a very long vacation.

Erfan Mar 28, 2016 12:50am

This is a brutal act. My heart ? and prayers for the victims.

Chadra Prakash Mar 28, 2016 12:50am

This is a very very sad news. My condolence to bereaved families families and friends. Please don't target anybody in the earth. Everybody need each other irrespective of cast, region, country,power. No body can dominate and live on mother earth.Terrorist: Dont think, you will achieve your goal by doing this act which GOD even wont spare you.Learn to live in peace.

Eli Mar 28, 2016 12:58am

After watching Junaid Jamshed's episode at the airport, I am not sure who's to blame for all this mess. People's blind following of the hate preachers have changed the thinking of our society. Terror attacks like these should open the eyes of the public, but till then we've give lot of our blood...

Mohammad Saleem Mar 28, 2016 01:01am

It is a horrible act of barbaric terrorism, which Afghans condemn in the strongest possible terms. Pakistan cannot alone effectively combat the scourge of terrorism , and needs to seek regional cooperation to root out violent religious militants on a war footing.

ashok Mar 28, 2016 01:01am

I join many other Indians on this message board in extending our heartfelt condolences to the families of those who have been killed and in praying for the recovery of those who have been injured. There can be no forgiveness by man and God for such wanton acts of cruelty.

Humanity Mar 28, 2016 01:02am

The root of this barbarism is the mindset that says its holy to destroy and kill in the name of god, faith or creed. It flourishes on young minds exposed to 'teaching of the past'. I think it is time for civil society to rise and stop all types of education by any religious, moral, social advocates/bodies. These supposedly charity organizations only create brain washed so called righteous folks who can not be employed in any fruitful field, but can even kill self or others if their righteousness demands that. Very pathetic. RIP

Ayaz Mar 28, 2016 01:05am

How long our nation will be bleeding? It is everyone's responsibility to be vigilant and try to report about these terrorists, facilitators and supporters

Puru Mar 28, 2016 01:06am

This is very sad and disturbing ! Condolence from India :(

NSh Mar 28, 2016 01:09am

RIP innocent souls. Condolences to the families of the dead. A speedy recovery for the injured. Terrible news.

GK Mar 28, 2016 01:15am

Very sad news . RIP

Jaideep Adhvaryu, Mumbai. Mar 28, 2016 01:16am

Pained at the news of this barbaric act causing the loss of the innocents. Praying that this madness ends.

Heartfelt condolences and may their soul rest in peace.

Sab Se Pehle Pakistan Mar 28, 2016 01:18am

For over a year I have been writing this comment that I fail to understand the delay in having an operation in Panjab as it is becoming a safe heaven for banned outfits and criminals. Today all those who delayed this operation are responsible for this massacre.

Khurram Mar 28, 2016 01:22am

It is day of national mourning - a very sad day - what animals do this?

Malah Mar 28, 2016 01:23am

Such an evil cowardly act. Devils!

Omar Mar 28, 2016 01:29am

They must be getting arms, bomb making material and finances from somewhere. We need to track them down.

Hanover India Mar 28, 2016 01:37am

May god bless and comfort pakistani families during this time of grief.

Vorshal Mar 28, 2016 01:48am

This was very bad day. Very bad day in Pakistan for the world to know and watch.

Please accept my heartfelt condolences for the loss of lives and injuries caused to the minority community including a large number of children amidst their celebrations. My heart goes out for the aggrieved families.

Some introspection is required for the extent of intolerance shown towards any community in Pakistan.

taylor Mar 28, 2016 01:50am

Killing innocent must be stopped. Let peace prevail in the region.

Philosopher (from Japan) Mar 28, 2016 01:51am

Usual stance by the authorities after each n every such incident. What our govt has done to protect poor citizen after APS and BKU attacks???? Nothing except tall claims.

Sadaf Mar 28, 2016 01:51am

@ripan and stop funding them too

Anniyah Mar 28, 2016 01:54am

Government should up the security everywhere in Pakistan. Easy for someone from Australia to say this because we don't have borders like Pakistan has with China, India, Iran, etc. Indian spy came through Iran with visa. India says he is retired. If so, why did he come through Iran with so many fake passports and fake ID? And he is too young to be retired. India has a lot of questions to answer.

Robinson Mar 28, 2016 01:57am

My deepest condolences. Praying for speedy recovery of the injured. When will all this madness stop? Fruits of the Seeds of madness sowed in the late 70s and early 80s. Bring back the Pakistan prior to the late 70s where there was peace and prosperity.

Viraa Mar 28, 2016 02:00am

Sad news. Condolences to Pak. There is no easy way to stop someone who is bent on doing something like this. Use of technology may help prevent such acts. They were on showing on CBS tv, some devices which are in research stage, which are portable and can detect expl o ves. Every govt, common people should buy those devices and install them on their cars, houses etc. They will give warning and send signals to law enfor cement.

blunt Mar 28, 2016 02:02am

But, no ranger operation is needed in punjab

Vorshal Mar 28, 2016 02:05am

No terrorist is a good terrorist. They must be eliminated completely. It is important for Pakistan's awakening and prosperity.

Amir Mar 28, 2016 02:15am

whoever has done it need to be taught a lesson.

kumar, Hyd, India Mar 28, 2016 02:16am

These people who are doing these attacks are ridiculous. They are brain washed. Its a very sad incident. Please be safe and my prayers are with you guys.

Mandy Mar 28, 2016 02:17am

My prayers are with the Pakistanis. It boils my blood to know that children were targeted. Peshawar some time back, and now this. A pure act of cowardice and evil.

Javed Mar 28, 2016 02:18am

No Words... just anguish!

Kunal Mar 28, 2016 02:21am

@usman bhatti http://www.dawn.com/news/1248135/a-fourth-wave

S.A.M. Mar 28, 2016 02:22am

when the government is allowing seminaries to carry on unhindered their hatred agenda these incidents should not be a surprise. time for government to prove that they care about our children's safety. this is another APS

Imran Mar 28, 2016 02:29am

We must change our policies. Violence of all sort should be banned and not propagated. Intolerance to other religion in our society is affecting us and our children. This is failure of our policies against terrorism, intelligence network and security agencies. Extremism and Hatred is hurting Pakistan

vijay Mar 28, 2016 02:32am

It is an attack on Humanity. RIP.

MH Mar 28, 2016 03:02am

Pakistan has to pay for its double standards in dealing with 'good' & 'bad' terrorists. Else such tragic, barbaric and unfortunate incidents will keep happening. RIP...

Deewana Mastana Mar 28, 2016 03:09am

The only way to reduce or stop this is if countries collaborate, share intel & eliminate these terrorists. A country alone cannot do this all by itself.

asif Mar 28, 2016 03:17am

When all the force is busy in protecting VVIP's then who is going to protect commeners?

TruthShallPrevail Mar 28, 2016 03:19am

Very sad news ... RiP :(

Ahluwalia (A proud Punjabi from village AHLU near Lahore. Mar 28, 2016 03:20am

RIP my friends. Our heartfelt condolences with the families of the departed souls.

Carola Mar 28, 2016 03:30am

I am in shock hearing of another explosion and targeted killing of innocent people and children. My prayers go out to the deceased and the wounded. Praying for humanity to rise up across all nations and cultures, to work together to end the sickness pervading our world.

Balaji Mar 28, 2016 03:38am

Heartfelt Condolences. May god provide strength to the families and people of Pakistan.

Kamgar Mar 28, 2016 03:52am

Nawaz Sahib, kindly step down if you are unable to control the security situation even after becoming the PM the third time. But we don't think you have any conscience left other than making more money. Gen Raheel, please help us Pakistanis to live in peace. Our tears have dried Sir! Please do something, do not let us down. How long we have to see the blood and flesh of our citizens being scattered all over again and again? Women and children?

Cyrus Mar 28, 2016 04:22am

@lafanga ... ... The enemy is inside Pakistan, not outside Pakistan.

Manmohan Mar 28, 2016 04:28am

As long as stupid and blind commitments against terrorism this will not stop.

Aditya Mar 28, 2016 04:30am

@Anniyah He is an innocent businessman, please don't frame him.

asad Mar 28, 2016 04:50am

we need to change our police culture.police directly responsible for this incident.

Taimoor khan Mar 28, 2016 05:07am

Our apologetic and pathetic leadership will still try to befriend with the worst enemies of Pakistan.

S KhanB Mar 28, 2016 05:19am

@Nadeem I am a Pakistani... so tell us what the Indian Currency can buy any where out side India and where the terrorist hide out was? They use that currency for ... play monopoly? Stick to the subject and focus on eliminating these terror act. Time to stop blaming others. Look in the house where we live first.

utpal Mar 28, 2016 05:46am

@Desi Dimag _ Brother only RIP will not serve the purpose, it needs all out war against terrorism. There is no good terror or bad terror.

deepak Mar 28, 2016 05:49am

what they get after doing this .they should get proper guideness

Mohammad Akram Mar 28, 2016 05:50am

Once again the butchers have struck the innocent children, women and peace loving individuals in the name of religion. Shameless and coward is the media of Pakistan who promote their audience through the ill informed clergy who would promote religious hatred.

Nabeel Mar 28, 2016 05:58am

My brothers & sisters we are fighting a tough war within we need to support our army and help fight this menace our government have failed literally and we now need to take the matters in our hands not that we take arms - no not at all, we need to fight by supporting our army and law enforcing forces, if we find something suspicious report it don't hesitate as it maybe too late and later you repent, please brothers and sisters this include my Christian brothers and sisters, Hindus and others we are Pakistan and we need to protect it. This is our land we belong here and we need to protect it as we do our own home - this is our home sweet home. We don't want this turn into another Syria or Iraq....

Pavas Ambashta Mar 28, 2016 06:11am

Sad, very sad..Unpardonable, inhuman act..

Sensible Indian Mar 28, 2016 06:30am

RIP ! very sad !

C S Sundaresha Mar 28, 2016 06:36am

Sad, I stand with the suffered families. What terrorists wanted? Unable to gauge and understand. Where is Pakistan heading?

Alethia Mar 28, 2016 06:40am

I'm so upset and sorry about the loss of innocent Pakistani lives.

I think Pakistan has to put its foot down and outlaw ANY and ALL foreign donations and support to madrassas and religious organizations from ALL outside countries.

Only donations of funds from within the country should be accepted.

It's a matter of survival...

Blue Saffron Mar 28, 2016 07:07am

My prayers with the victims. This is so sad. Pakistanis deserve a better future.

Krishna Mar 28, 2016 07:18am

I felt very sad hearing this news.i cannot imagine the pain of people affected. It is sad to hear that some people blaming India for this. We need to stand united here and crush these terrorists. I will tell you 99% of Indians are with you fight these types terrorists.

Brenda & Peter Fernee Mar 28, 2016 07:23am

Our Hearts Go Out To All The Families Who Have Lost Loved Ones.We Extend Our Very Deepest Sympathy From New Zealand. Our Love And Prayers Are Very Much With You All In Pakistan. Praying Always For Your Safety And Protection. We Are Standing With You Against This Reign Of Terror.

Badar Ahmad Mar 28, 2016 07:23am

God bless victoms and whole nation. Ameen!

Sri Mar 28, 2016 07:28am

Simply madness.

desidude Mar 28, 2016 07:38am

Only the most depraved would think it is ok to target kids and families playing in a park. No God or religion condones that. These people must be rooted out.

Badar Ahmad Mar 28, 2016 07:41am

God bless victoms and the whole nation. Ameen!

Yousuf47 London Mar 28, 2016 07:46am

It is an attack on humanity as the attack was on children enjoying Easter in a relatively safe Park in Lahore and the heart goes out to all those who lost their lives or their loved ones injured. One can only blame the people who occupy the corridors of power with no one raising his hand to accept responsibility. The army is asked yet again to intervene but it is policing that is urgently required free of political forbearance. As successive governments to retain political superiority have used police, time being of the essence the Courts have a bigger role to snatch the institute away from corrupt politicians to absorb such a vital service under its wings.

Mehak Gulab Mar 28, 2016 07:53am

Duaas for those suffering & departed ones...

Rajeev Mar 28, 2016 08:04am

Ridiculous .... It hurts, sad- cause am not able to put feelings in words. As an Indian, I just can't see my neighbour, my brothers n sisters n kids suffering.... God ( term it in whichever religion u want to ).... Please please... we need peace. RIP those who are no more n strength to those who lost their loved one.

tinker bell Mar 28, 2016 08:09am

Sunday 27th March 2016 witnessed total failure of the Government in more than one way

Mast Qalandar Mar 28, 2016 08:17am

Very Sad, but caretakers of lahore needs to know that it hurts in exactly the same manner when bombs goes off in KPK or Balochistan. The Innocents always die, what a tragedy in Pakistan.

Arun Mar 28, 2016 08:17am

This is the very definition of the saying "Live and Let Die". They kill themselves and take others with them.

AKKS Mar 28, 2016 08:17am

@S KhanB , Mature and wise comments . My heart goes out to the families of those who have lost their lives! This is real madness !

Sanjoy Sankar Guha Mar 28, 2016 08:20am

Our hearts go out to the people of Pakistan who have lost their near and dear ones in this terrible man-made tragedy. Let us pray for sanity to return to humankind.

jamil Khan Mar 28, 2016 08:20am

terrorism is a international problem and it is beyond control of any government in the world as no government can provide security to every public places in a true seances weather in develop or under develop countries. It is the responsibility of each & every person to watch the prevailing condition before stepping out for any occasion. The only solution is to sit down & chalk out remedies how to engage these elements listen to them & have solution as no other means applicable to get rid of this menses.

khan Mar 28, 2016 08:37am

My heart goes out to the victim families. We have failed to protect the lives, liberties and properties of our citizens through our successive governments. It's time for introspection.

Girish Chandwani Mar 28, 2016 08:41am

Extremely saddening. Heart felt condolences to the family members of the bereaved. May Almighty give strength and courage in the hour of need.

shekhar Mar 28, 2016 08:44am

Prayer from India

Harsh Mar 28, 2016 08:44am

@Nadeem : These are obviously not good terrorists.

Kumar Mar 28, 2016 08:47am

Numbing..No words. This is war against Humanity which we cannot afford to lose.Standing in solidarity with you brothers and sisters of Pakistan.

Nicholas Mar 28, 2016 08:48am

Please does anybody know the names of the people killed or injured, my family lives there. Their names are Sabrina, Areeshay, Rihaab, and Ranye Nangyana. I hope they're just not answering their phone but please please if you know what's happening let me know

L.Ahmad Mar 28, 2016 08:50am

Terrorists pick their target & time of their choice. Despite repeated assurances from the powers to be to eliminate the scourge of wanton killing, we know that we have failed. There is an urgent & immediate need to eradicate all 'madrasas' and affiliated organisations that preach & breed terrorism. Enough of bloodshed & suffering, it is time to take punitive & decisive action. We cannot be forever in the state of mourning.

Amir Mar 28, 2016 09:00am

Security is only for the PM, CM, and Members of the parliament but not for those civilians who mean nothing to the ones in power.

Sohail Mar 28, 2016 09:01am

Are we really the followers of the 'Mohsin-e-Insaniat'- holy prophet Muhammad may peace be upon him?

pavan Mar 28, 2016 09:06am

OMG!!Let pray for the lost souls.Its a similar thing which happened in Gokul chat,Hyderabad,India .Where i witnessed it (42 innocent people Died).But this is much bigger.Terrorism is a major threat to Pakistan and govt keep on failing.Why its concentrating on Arms race.

hemant kulkarni Mar 28, 2016 09:08am

Prayers for those who are died and for those who are injured and with them a speedy recovery.. Hate such kind of coward attacks on innocent people..

kashif Mar 28, 2016 09:08am

This inhuman act of terrorism should be condemned in severest terms.pakistani brothers should understand that there are no good terrorists and bad terrorists,all the terrorists are bad.just eliminate all these beasts.

Waqas Ahmed Mar 28, 2016 09:10am

I live in Lahore and i must say that army is doing excellent job but problem is Police they are not good enough to help the army and other armed forces to make cities safe. They are only concern with how they can make money from innocent people. I must say Dawn.com have to point out such loop holes as i have notice that CM and PM offices pay special attention to there news and mentioned on there social media pages. So Please dawn create a series of such finding so you can enhance your efforts in progress of the country. I can even find out loop holes that how these things wasting effort of our law reinforcement agencies.

BIMAL CHANDRA JHA Mar 28, 2016 09:17am

Most cowardice and heinous act of the suicide bomber. We fail to understand the purpose behind the nonsense killings of the innocent. The planner of the cruel act must be condemned by the civic society of Pakistan. Very shameful act.

vijay babau Mar 28, 2016 09:21am

But why children & Innocent always suffer in terror acts.

Muhammad Arshad Mar 28, 2016 09:23am

Such a Sad News......

IRobot Mar 28, 2016 09:49am

People should say no to terrorism

Imran khan Mar 28, 2016 09:58am

We are at war and we should fight with these criminals openly.

Pedro Sam Mar 28, 2016 10:01am

We need religious tolerance in our society. Otherwise the society will turn into a self destructive mode.

BK Mar 28, 2016 10:01am

It is an alarming situation of targeting helpless general public. How it possible to provide security cover in such situation. Only solution, ruthless action against all extremist elements and close down all probable institutions connected to it. Iron hand required for this, as criticism will start pouring.

Maxi Mar 28, 2016 10:04am

Hugs and prayers from an Indian brother. Such heartbreaking news. I hope the mind of the terrorists is changed after seeing what their violence does.

Usman Mar 28, 2016 10:06am

Even Europe is facibg these blasts. So take some respite and pray for dead souls.. Its a world wide issue now... Facing terrorisms.. Its not about security forces... Its a level above

Abdul Razaque Chhachhar Mar 28, 2016 10:22am

The bomb blast in the Gulshan I- Iqbal park at Lahore where 72 people have been killed include 29 children. I am 100% sure that these innocent people does not have any connection with protest being observed at Red Zone . This country has a rich histories of brutal controversies where victims are common masses from both ends being used to accomplish the script authors are same. country never learn lesson from history.

A Friend Mar 28, 2016 10:45am

My heart goes for the families who's relatives have died in this cowardly act. ITs time for the governments to come together and fight against terrorism. There is no Good or Bad Terrorism. The snakes in our backyard are going to bite us. Time to learn lessons ... big time

RIP

Saboor Mar 28, 2016 10:48am

This needs to stop. This gives Pakistan a bad image on international stage.

Prkaash Mar 28, 2016 10:54am

may RIP....

USMAN Mar 28, 2016 11:03am

Time to launch operation in other parts of Country especially South Punjab and Interior Sindh

S.Khan Mar 28, 2016 11:05am

How many times we have condemned these beasts but since they are not human beings so our only condemnations will not stop them from such inhuman, barbaric acts. It seems still our government has not woken up that's why it is not taking all necessary measures to stop them. For God's sake have mercy on your own people and provide them necessary security at least to live in this world if you can not do any thing else. Very sad, very sad, how many more people will die and then we will see peace in our country?

S.Khan Mar 28, 2016 11:06am

How many times we have condemned these beasts but since they are not human beings so our only condemnations will not stop them from such inhuman, barbaric acts. It seems still our government has not woken up that's why it is not taking all necessary measures to stop them. For God's sake have mercy on your own people and provide them necessary security at least to live in this world if you can not do any thing else. Very sad, very sad, how many more people will die and then we will see peace in our country?

mr anon Mar 28, 2016 11:13am

All responsiilty lies with both mr sharifs &failed policy on war on terror. Over 10 years of killing and systemtic displacemnt of 100'000's in FATA. ........the revenge attacks get worse. The killing of mr qadri was a bad move. Peace is only through sincere negotiations and not aireal bombardment's.

Altan Gürbey Mar 28, 2016 11:13am

I'm writing from Turkey. We hear what happened. We are so sorry. The Turkish nation is with you all the time. You are our brothers. Condolences Pakistan.

Shehzad Mar 28, 2016 11:18am

Punjab needs Rangers operation.

Shan-E-Ali Mar 28, 2016 11:40am

With a long long list of historic 'Self-Awakening' events in 68 years, but still the people of Pakistan wants history to repeat itself again and again everyday!

Don't know when we would stop desiring to see 'more' for our self awakening...?

We are not Europe, Nor America, Nor Middle East Nor Africa..... We are Pakistan and we have to save Pakistan by saying it very loudly through our character that 'Love Pakistan or Leave it'!

Al Mar 28, 2016 11:45am

The barbarians have struck again, these people call themselves Muslims.....ah it makes my stomach sick. These are the very people who are enemies of Islam. By killing innocent people at a park what they think they have achieved. I cannot even describe how gutted I am by listening to this horrific attack. Here in USA everyone in our community is stunned, shocked and utterly disgusted

Kathie Mar 28, 2016 12:54pm

To say I am sorry for you is too weak a word. My heart goes out to the wounded and those morning a loss among the dead. The world makes no sense. God bless to everyone affected. I hope the victims gets the media coverage and respect they deserve he world over.

Asif Jamil Mar 28, 2016 03:07pm

Our maulvis were howling against women's protection law, their silence is deafening on the killing of innocent people!!!!!!!

iamsid Mar 28, 2016 03:24pm

There isn't much left to condemn to be honest. We as a nation have seen it all! We witnessed minorities getting butchered, we witnessed massacres in schools, yet nothing changes after so much suffering. The questions which baffles my mind is why after such extensive military operation is the extremist mind-set still finding its foot hold in Pakistan? The recently mob attack on Junaid Jamshed sheds some light on the underline problem. It was tragic to see a major preacher getting manhandled for a “mistake” which he honestly accepted and apologized for. If an average urban Pakistani is so ignorant than the rural scenario will be considerably worse. This wide spread euphoria towards religious vigilantism is an alarming sign of a growing level of intolerance in what supposed to be a vibrant society. This intolerance is feeding the monster of extremism the effects of which now echo in ears of victim of Gulshan e Iqbal Park in Lahore.

Abdul Mar 28, 2016 03:47pm

RIP departed souls, prayers from India.

Baldev Singh Mar 28, 2016 04:14pm

Killing of innocent, unprotected men, women and children is NO act of BRAVERY . Please rethink on your activites

Syed Qammar Mar 28, 2016 04:24pm

We are awakened only when something horrible happens. Why did not we operate before this deadly incident. Decisive actions against terrorists must be continued with no stopping all across the country. Moreover, we need to safeguard our borders and be very strict on those entering and Living in Pakistan illegally. We must shun politics on these very vital issues.

Rajesh Mar 28, 2016 04:39pm

Terrible loss of innocent lives. The culprits should be identified and punished. Condolences..

Allan Lobo Mar 28, 2016 04:53pm

My whole family feels deeply for this senseless violence Sincere Condolences to all affected What is the Government of Pakistan doing in regard to all these atrocities?

This is shocking news, for anyone, ever for a stranger to read about it. The perpetrators and their organisation are accountable May God give the affected families strength & comfort

M. Siddique Mar 28, 2016 04:56pm

It is horrible crime. Taliban need to be completely wiped out. We remember during elections Taliban were targeting election rallies of all the political parties except PML(N). Did they have soft corner for the party? Now its time confront them and eliminate them.

Lohaar Sharif Mar 28, 2016 05:11pm

Entire world is condemning, Very Sad!

Iconoclast Mar 28, 2016 05:12pm

http://shoutpakistan.blogspot.com/2016/03/pieces-that-dont-fit-puzzle-lahoreblast.html

to read more about this article

Mudassar Mar 28, 2016 05:43pm

@Syed Ali you are spot on. We should stop blaming outside hands and look at elements within our fractured society who would have a reason, and capacity to execute such attacks. By pointing fingers at outside hands, we are giving a clean chit to our lawmakers. The large scale unemployment amongst our youth with lack of professional education is the real cause of such attacks.

India Mar 28, 2016 05:53pm

Its very sad.......may there soul rest in peace.

WSN Mar 28, 2016 06:53pm

Really sad

Khwarezmi Mar 28, 2016 06:55pm

@aditi sharma We can not fight the war against terror with India as it is India itself who is to blame for this. It is no secret that RAW is behind TTP who took responsibility for this blast and BLA where the arrest of Indian RAW operative and serving naval officer Kilbushan Yadav from Mumbai (related to Indian National Scurity Advisor to Modi Ajit Doval) confirms this once again.

US CENTCOM Mar 28, 2016 06:57pm

It is heart wrenching to see the devastation caused by this horrific act of terror. Words cannot describe the inhumane nature of this attack. According to various reports, the death toll has risen to over 70, and many of the dead are said to be children. The brutal nature of this attack leaves us shocked and speechless. These terrorist have again shown they will drop to the level beyond our imagination to push their terrorist agenda forward. It is being reported that the Pakistani Army and Rangers will conduct a widespread operation across Punjab to target militants, their facilitators and their hideouts. We stand with the nation of Pakistan during these testing times and have full confidence in the government’s ability to negate the threat of terrorism. We also send our deepest heartfelt condolences to the victims’ friends and families. We sincerely hope and pray that they find the strength to get through this extremely difficult time.
Ali Khan Digital Engagement Team, USCENTCOM

inzy uk Mar 28, 2016 07:01pm

Ban all afgans from pakistan, deport them all, we don't want them, they belong in kabul. how can we trust them now.

SardarSuri Mar 28, 2016 07:47pm

Sick people. Why is it taking so long to eradicate terrorism in Pakistan. .

Imtiaz Faruqui Mar 28, 2016 08:12pm

This is the out come of years of crouption since 1947 by polititions, which lead to poverty , lack of education ,misery for the poor and injustice. Under such circumtances people fall in the lap of Religon and the uneducated Mullahs exploit the sitiuation and taught hatered for other Religons,

Gerry D'Cunha Mar 28, 2016 08:14pm

Heartless people who call themselves Muslims and kill innocent people to defame their peaceful religion

Pendoo Mar 28, 2016 08:44pm

As a Pakistani Muslim, I'm devastated at the loss of innocent lives. The perpetrators are not even humans, let alone followers of a religion. They need to understand basics of humanity first. May all souls rest in peace!

Dr. A. R Malik (Phd.) Mar 28, 2016 09:08pm

Set up giant screen in front of those protester extremists at parliament and show them scenes of carnage of innocent women and children!!

mayank mishra Mar 28, 2016 09:27pm

Just curious what's the rational behind attacking women and little children according to those so called Islam's flag bearer (extremists) ???

NewDelhi Mar 28, 2016 09:53pm

Religions are made for humans, not the vice versa. Human life is more precious than any religion.

jaan marri Mar 28, 2016 10:22pm

@Maxx like switzerland and austria

A shah Mar 29, 2016 03:18am

RIP

Rizwan Mar 29, 2016 05:54am

A sad day for the whole nation. The murderers has stricken again.

Mast Qalandar Mar 29, 2016 06:33am

Military operation in Lahore is the only way forward..

Dave Mar 29, 2016 08:43am

@Ali I hate your armchair investigation reports. Our hearts and prayers are with the affected families.

Anita Colignon-Mertens Mar 29, 2016 02:05pm

I am a belgian christian woman and I know what it is to be killed by creasy terrorists as we got the same in Brussels last week. It is horrible to kill children and innocent persons ! I am really sad and sent all my deep condolences to all the Pakistan people and families from Lahore who lost a member of their family. BELGIUM is with you all ! Now all Europe is also vulnerable and unsafe every where you go !

Saad Ahmad Zia Mar 29, 2016 03:25pm

I am very disappointed with PM's speech last night . Where are the actions ??? Again only words We'll do this we'll do that. Enough my heart is crying for those who lost their love one . Pakistan Govt. when will you open your eyes ? When When When ???

umg Mar 29, 2016 07:40pm

@lafanga This is the consequence.

Eramanagalam Somapalan Mar 29, 2016 07:47pm

very sad very sad

Simba Mar 29, 2016 09:16pm

@Anita Colignon-Mertens Our hearts go out to all people killed in terror attacks. Those who attacked Brussels and Lahore share the same mindset and ideology. The world should work towards defeating this mindset.