Pakistan Victims Call for Attack Masterminds to Hang

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Today, the Anger was growing in Pakistan  as the grief stricken relatives of 26 people killed by a suicide bomber in Lahore and one day earlier buried their loved ones and demanded to publicly hang the masterminds of the attack from the government.

When the Families  and their residents  attended the funeral prayers  in the eastern city, they all demanded for the  action and  Shahbaz Sharif, as the chief minister of Punjab province who is also the brother of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visited survivors in hospital.

Hafiz Naseer ul Din, uncle of a policeman who was killed in the blast, told AFP,” We demanded from the Government that those who are involved in this incident and those who are the facilitators should be hanged in public.”

A local resident, Shaikh Rizwan, who attended the funeral prayers for some of the victims said,”We came here in great grief.”

He said,” Yesterday, Twenty six people were martyred here and I request my government that please uproot these terrorists fully so our country can progress.” Monday’s powerful blast  hit the busy vegetable market on a main road in the southern part of Lahore, blowing out the windows in nearby buildings.

Many police were  killed in the attack  who were clearing shopping stalls that had illegally encroached on to the road.

On Tuesday distraught relatives carried the coffins of two policemen who were killed in the attack on a petrol pump which had been turned into a makeshift prayer ground and floral wreaths from local police chiefs were placed on the wooden coffins as family members wept.

The Police have said that their initial investigations reports that the attack is claimed by the Pakistani Taliban by a suicide bomber.

An AFP video reporter said that the Forensic experts were collecting the evidence from the site of the blast.

However, its more than a decade long war on extremism in Pakistan and the Lahore has been hit by significant militant attacks, but they have been very less frequent in recent years.

The last major blast in the Pakistan was in March 2016, when 75 people were killed and hundreds of citizens were injured in a bomb targeting Christians who were celebrating Easter Sunday in a park.

But in February this year the country was also hit by a wave of attacks which include a bomb that killed 14 people in Lahore.

Further, in April  seven were killed in an attack in the city that targeted a team that was carrying out the pakistan’s long overdue census.

The powerful army launched a crackdown on militancy in the wake of a brutal attack on a school in late 2014, after so many years of spiralling insecurity.

More than 150 people in which most of them were children died in the Taliban that led into assault in the north western city of Peshawar in which the Pakistan’s deadliest  single attack happened.

It  prompted the country’s military to step up for the operations in the tribal areas where  the militants had operated with impunity.

However, the country has seen a dramatic improvement in security since, the groups such as the Pakistani Taliban retain the ability to carry out spectacular attacks.

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