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Hundreds held as militants taunt Sharif over Easter blast
Published :Wednesday, 30 March, 2016,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 9

LAHORE, Mar 29 : Pakistan has detained more than 200 people since the Easter Sunday park bombing which killed 73 people including many children, officials said on Tuesday, as the militants behind the attack taunted the prime minister.
The raids across the eastern province of Punjab were announced as parks reopened under tight security in the teeming provincial capital Lahore.
But Gulshan-i-Iqbal, where explosives packed with ball bearings ripped through crowds near a children's play area, remained closed. Hundreds were injured in the suicide bombing claimed by the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar faction of the Pakistani Taliban, whose official name is the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his powerful military chief have both vowed to bring those behind the attack to justice.
"Terrorists cannot dent our resolve. Our struggle will continue until the complete elimination of the menace of terrorism," the premier said Monday after visiting victims in the provincial capital, a stronghold of his ruling Pakistan Muslim League.
But on Tuesday Ehansullah Ehsan, spokesman for the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar faction, derided the prime minister on Twitter.
"After the Lahore attack, Nawaz Sharif repeated old words to give himself false assurances," he wrote.  "Nawaz Sharif should know that war has reached his doorstep, and God willing the mujahideen will be the winners in this war."     ?AFP

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