Youhanabad terrorists had RAW backing: Shuja Khanzada

LAHORE: Punjab Home Minister Col (Retd) Shuja Khanzada and CCPO Lahore Ameen Venice speak during a press conference at Chief Minister Secretariat.

LAHORE, Aug 4: Giving details of progress in a case pertaining to attack on churches in Youhanabad area of Lahore, Punjab Home Minister Shuja Khanzada claimed that ten terrorists arrested in connection with the incident received Indian directives and funding.
Speaking to media the home minister said these terrorists were being supported by Indian spy agency RAW through Afghanistan. He added that evidence pertaining to this involvement had been obtained.
On 15 March 2015, at least 15 people were killed and seventy others were injured when two bomb blasts hit Roman Catholic Church and Christ Church during Sunday service at Youhanabad town of Lahore.
Shuja Khanzada said that a terrorist network comprising ten suspects has been busted. Eight of them were working as facilitators while others were suicide bombers.
He said three terrorists managed to flee towards Afghanistan.
The minister further told media that arrested terrorists belong to Shahryar Mehsood Group which operates for Al-Qaeda and Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
To a question, he said that LeJ chief Malik Ishaq’s killing was part of the National Action Plan (NAP). There is zero-tolerance for the terrorists.


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