Pakistan detains more than 5,000 after Easter bombing


ver 5,000 people were rounded up in the two days since the Easter Sunday bombing here with more than 200 still in custody, Pakistan's Punjab province law minister said on Tuesday and announced that a joint investigation team has been formed to probe the attack.

"As 5,221 people were initially rounded up from different parts of Punjab out of which 5,005 have been released after verification of their documents," Punjab province law minister Rana Sanaullah said at a news conference.
"However, 216 suspects are still under custody for further investigation," he said, informing about the developments in the probe into the attack that claimed 73 lives.

About 56 intelligence-based operations were carried out by the Punjab police whereas 16 raids were conducted by the counter-terrorism department, Sanaullah said. He, however, rejected the notion that terrorists have safe havens in Punjab, saying civil-military agencies have been carrying out operation across the province under the continuing National Action Plan.

Source Times of India

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