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Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, while addressing a press conference in Lahore on Friday, claimed that the suspects involved in planning and carrying out the Feb 13 suicide bombing on a protest at Lahore's Charing Cross belonged to Afghanistan.

During the conference, Sharif also announced the arrest of an alleged facilitator of the attacker, who he said belonged to Fata's Bajaur Agency, which neighbours Afghanistan.

The suspect's confessional statement was aired during the briefing.

The suspect introduced himself as Anwar-ul-Haq, and said he hailed from a remote village in Bajaur Agency.

The suspected facilitator of the Feb 13 bombing.
The suspected facilitator of the Feb 13 bombing.

“I was associated with Jamaat-ul-Ahrar and they trained me,” said the suspect, adding that he has visited Afghanistan around 15 to 20 times.

Shahbaz Sharif urged Afghan residents residing in Pakistan to call out any person they find suspicious.

He said Pakistan had hosted Afghan migrants for more than 30 years, but some of them seemed to have turned their backs on the country.

"Please consider us your brothers and turn those you think are nefarious," he appealed.

The suicide bomber who targeted senior police officials during a protest in Lahore, killing 13 and wounding 85 others.
The suicide bomber who targeted senior police officials during a protest in Lahore, killing 13 and wounding 85 others.

Sharif voiced strong support for reviving military courts in the briefing, saying a lot of credit for curbing terrorism successfully in Pakistan went to them.

"PML-N government fully supports extending the tenure of military courts," he said, adding that it was "because of the fear of punishment that terror factions were hesitant before attacking".

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Mohammad anjarwala Feb 17, 2017 06:45pm

So what about the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan, why was it not secured and what about the operation in Bajaur Agency, was it not successful and also answer on how did the perpetratprs manage to cross inland into Punjab with out getting noticed.

Muhammad Feb 17, 2017 06:49pm

Return all Afghan refugees to Afghanistan immediately and seal the Afghan boarders only Afghanis having complete travelling documents and valid Pakistani visa should be allowed entry at least Government can do this to save the lives of innocent Pakistan.

Then a combing operation without any discrimination be done in the whole country to eliminate the creators, supporters and handlers of terrorists

Muslim & Pakistani Feb 17, 2017 06:50pm

Show them the evidence....

syed Abbas Feb 17, 2017 06:52pm

Mr CM is trying to say that there is no terrorists in Punjab...?

KHALID YOUSAFZAI (UK) Feb 17, 2017 06:57pm

Sir you can only blame. you can not do anything else that's why you are still in chair.

ABE Feb 17, 2017 07:04pm

Oh, so finally he emerges to take credit for such a fabulous fete! When people were lying on streets, wounded and dying, he was neither heard from, nor seen, even on TV.

Falcon1 Feb 17, 2017 07:09pm

Where is the Interior Minister?

Where is the the Law Minister?

mk Feb 17, 2017 07:11pm

Lahore safe city project is paying off. Intelligence can stop these attacks before execution but project like safe city (web of cctv) can help capturing these guys and convict them with evidences.

I am impress with Punjab police. Even western countries struggle to find attackers so fast.

ABOOD Feb 17, 2017 07:11pm

@KHALID YOUSAFZAI (UK) .what you said doesnt make sense.well good the gov caught them .its time to catch the otgers who helped in planning the attack

Mahmood Feb 17, 2017 07:15pm

All drama, to sooth public anger. I bet eventually the person will be released for 'lack of evidence'. This is all fabrication. Simply put, I have no faith in the Sharif brothers or the family; do not trust anything they say and have zero credibility in the public!

If they had any dignity, they will simply retire to enjoy all that has already been stashed abroad and go away! They are a complete and utter failures as administrators or leaders. The do not enjoy public confidence at home or respect abroad.

ALIBABA Feb 17, 2017 07:16pm

who is responsible for the death of 14 innocent people?

Answers this question honestly and sincerely.


Ahsan Feb 17, 2017 07:22pm

Pakistan's strategic location with adjacent neighborhoods of eternal enemy India and historically unpleasant and uneasy relationship with Afghanistan pose serious security threats. Be it Lahore or Sehwan or Quetta or Peshawar the recent sad incidents need review of our existing policy to safeguard our borders

Zarak Feb 17, 2017 07:23pm

This demonstrates federal and provincial govts can hunt militants if they want or knows about militants sanctuaries, it is just matter of bomb blast than leads to action. From state to security establishment we are reactive to terrorism not active.

Muneer Feb 17, 2017 07:24pm

Forewarned means forearmed.If cameras have forewarned you as shown by slides,why Mr.CM you have failed to stop it.The two police officers didn't know about it,why were they not informed on wireless about the developing situation.The government of Punjab has not only failed to protect their own officers but also the general public and the gathering,this is what your press conference indicates.Instead of taking credit it should have shamed you on the failure.

pervaiz Feb 17, 2017 07:24pm

@Mahmood ..... you do not need to havw confidenece with shahbaz sharif as none needs from you. CM is doing his job and you need to do your own job

ABE Feb 17, 2017 07:32pm

@pervaiz - And your job is exactly what, Champ!??

Houlbelat Feb 17, 2017 07:36pm

These are startling pictures of terrorists. Time to get the real terror reversed on them for their extinction and end for good.

MAjid Feb 17, 2017 07:37pm

@ABOOD they are thankless ppl, never support an operation by rangers in kpk. Just after operation in punjab, operations should be accross the board

Muhammad Feb 17, 2017 07:43pm

@Ahsan "Be it Lahore or Sehwan or Quetta or Peshawar the recent sad incidents need review of our existing policy to safeguard our borders" And what about terrorists sanctuaries inside the country ? and what about NAP should we implement all twenty points of NAP in spirit and letter or not ?

future Feb 17, 2017 07:47pm

We dont want to hear your rhetoric talk. Do your job or make space for somebody else who can. We have had it with your lot across this country.

Hamaad Feb 17, 2017 07:50pm

Does it take seven attacks in five days and loss of many lives to understand that military courts were a major deterrent for terrorism?

fahd Feb 17, 2017 07:50pm

Alhumdulillah . Well done .

Khurram Jadoon Feb 17, 2017 07:56pm

Don't stop here, get into the chain through this guy and eliminate them all, no matter if this ends up with some elite on the top...

junaid Feb 17, 2017 08:00pm

Well done Pak army and Rangers. All credits goes to Army

Adnan aziz Feb 17, 2017 08:25pm

@junaid : Credit? What for?

Ali khan Feb 17, 2017 08:49pm

Sadly army and ISI caught them but according to Mr Shabaz saab. Only police and CID and IB are to be given credit. Sad that at this point and time the CM still choses to do politics.

ali Feb 17, 2017 09:11pm

Dear CM there are some facilitators very close by. Please go after them first.

THought Feb 17, 2017 09:10pm

What else you need just respond it immidately

AMIR Feb 17, 2017 09:29pm

@THought what does that mean

AMIR Feb 17, 2017 09:29pm

@ali where

Papa Feb 17, 2017 09:33pm

Fantastic work.

Jigar Feb 17, 2017 10:43pm

@Mahmood I agree with you totally.

AIJAZ Feb 18, 2017 12:20am

I appreciate Mr. Shahbaz Sharif.

a. Ali Feb 18, 2017 12:57am

@AIJAZ ... what for ?

mohammed Feb 18, 2017 01:18am

@syed Abbas do we relay need one after this CM and his law minster

mohammed Feb 18, 2017 01:21am

@Falcon1 gone to say thank you to the friends for good job

TRUMPOFINDIA Feb 18, 2017 01:28am

Wow..good achievement. Narcoanalytic tests on this person will reveal hidden secrets from his brain.

Om Feb 18, 2017 01:53am

Well done authorities. I as an Indian appeal to all my Pakistani brethren that we too are pained by such incidents and stand besides you. Please don't consider conspiracy theories of cpec or psl sabotage from India in this violent manner. Yes we have differences but you have identified yourself that your internal threat is bigger and deadlier than India.

Ghani K Feb 18, 2017 02:24am

Blast facilitators arrested after the bast. Shows you Shahbaz Sharif's intelligence department in Punjanb is always reactive but never proactive. Now he is gleefully announcing that facilitator has been arrested.

Khan Feb 18, 2017 03:13am

When Hundred Afghan dying on daily basses by terrorist attacks, where are those terrorist coming from??

Sameer Feb 18, 2017 03:24am

Evident that special consideration has been paid to mentioning Peshawar multiple times. Call me skeptical. A public court session should be available to the public. Finding it hard to believe that despite 7th feb red alert; state is weak to respond to priority threats.

Adnan Khan Feb 18, 2017 03:43am

We should build a wall and close the border. Let Afghanistan trade through Iran or any other country.

Concerned citizen Feb 18, 2017 04:17am

We are sick of terrorists and corrupt politicians.

AF Feb 18, 2017 06:36am

The current government cares only about Punjab. All other parts of the country can go to hell if they care. They have destroyed Karachi which is the main seaport. Education is not their main priority. Buses are. If people were educated, the Sharifs would have been history. PML & PPP have always deprived the general masses the education that they deserve. Pakistan can only survive if the feudal system, the waderas, the chaudries, the sains and the VIP culture is eliminated.

KAMIR Feb 18, 2017 06:40am

Send it in writing.

MUhamnad Feb 18, 2017 06:46am

Great work by the government. Quickest response to date and truely satisfying. This demonstrates what a country can do when its civil and military establishment are honest true to the cause.. now compare it the to Mr zardari and gen. kiyani combo

jay Feb 18, 2017 07:49am

Too little too late.

Shamshad lak Feb 18, 2017 08:13am

We are not succeded to win a war agaist terrorism without politicaly unity.i request to all stack holder,s and public pleas united and do not political on our martoyerd innocent people deadbodies

Theoracleofrawalpindi Feb 18, 2017 11:15am

Give credit where credit is due. Well done Punjab government. Investment in smart people and infrastructure paying off...

Babar Feb 18, 2017 11:27am

This is what our politicians do order or form committees and then forget.

Khanm Feb 18, 2017 12:12pm

Is it or it is just to mask the current situation...The recent wave of terrorist attacks show the pitfalls and failure of our securities apparatus...Why are we do reactive and not proactive..

saagar Feb 18, 2017 01:00pm

Nothing will change only security of politicians will increase and put further burden on state.

Abdulla Hussain Feb 18, 2017 02:18pm

South Punjab has become the hatching ground for terrorists. Army action is essential. Showing two or more persons belonging from KP is not enough, many such terrorists & their operatives are hiding in Punjab especially south Punjab. I don't understand why Punjab government is so uneasy ordering full fledged operation against terrorists in Punjab.

sukhera Feb 18, 2017 11:15pm

@Khurram Jadoon.You are absolutely right.I am really upset and frustrated at the govt officials who are not making the right decisions to safeguard our people.More innocent people will lose their lives because of our govt official's incompetence and mistakes.We arrested the facilitator and he confessed the crime.This man has visited the Jamat terrorists 15-20 times in Afghanistan and knows all the operatives and their leadership. The facilitator's confession was aired on TV channels and now the terrorists know that their facilitator in Pakistan has been arrested.Why CM has to announce his arrest to the media?The terrorists leadership and network is alive and well in the neighboring country.They are planning more attacks in Pakistan and there is nothing we can do to stop them.If our officials were real professionals,they could have kept his arrest a secret, gather all the info and attack their leadership in Afghanistan and eliminate them.That would have been a real blow to terrorists.