Police claim to have identified Lahore bomber

Published: March 28, 2016
Men mourn the death of their relatives after a blast outside a public park in Lahore, March 27, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

Men mourn the death of their relatives after a blast outside a public park in Lahore, March 27, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS


The alleged suicide bomber, who blew himself in the Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park on Sunday, has been identified, the police claimed.

They said a CNIC was found from the scene of the crime and it is suspected that it belonged to Muhammad Yousaf Farid, a resident of Fateh Sehrani, Basti Baitwala in Muzaffargarh.

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According to the card, he was born on January 1, 1988. DIG Operations Lahore Dr Haider Ashraf said police were investigating in the light of the information mentioned on the card.

According to a news channel, four of Yousaf’s brothers and a paternal uncle have been taken into custody. For the last eight years, the accused had been living in a religious school in Lahore. He had completed his education from the same institution and now served it as a teacher.

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His father, Farid, is a greengrocer. The suspect was out of touch with his family for the last two months. The Counter Terrorism Department is going to take up the case.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 28th,  2016.

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  • Rollin & Trollin
    Mar 28, 2016 - 8:33AM

    If it were the WW2 Germans or Israelis, they would wipe out the culprit’s entire family line.Recommend

  • Raheel
    Mar 28, 2016 - 10:55AM

    Ok so they have identified the pawn who is already dead. What about the masterminds? Will there be any day when those will also be put on trials, even when they are already identified as they themselves keep on confirming claim to such horrific murders?Recommend

  • Ghulam
    Mar 28, 2016 - 11:20AM

    The bomber took his cnic to the crime scene? And they’ve arrested his living family members. Why?Recommend

  • JD
    Mar 28, 2016 - 11:30AM

    Oh for heaven’s sake! The bomber was carrying CNIC with him? And it survived the blast? Was it a blast proof pocket or something!?Recommend

  • Asim Khan
    Mar 28, 2016 - 11:37AM

    I wonder how these bombers always carry their proper identification papers to such horrific events. On top of that the security personnel find and identify so quickly such documents while easy identifiable accused culprits are unknown to our security agencies and cases again unknown persons linger on for years and years to come.Recommend

  • Mar 28, 2016 - 12:31PM

    @Asim Khan:
    And they are still investigating the Pathankot
    attack. And don’t know, who exactly, was involved!!
    Exactly ! You wonder! A bomb blast that killed
    so many, left perpetrator’s ID card intact !Recommend

  • mansoor
    Mar 28, 2016 - 1:48PM

    Please do not insult our intelligence. Who carries ID card to death? How could they tell the bomber from the innocent other dead. One thing is clear With friends like Taliban who needs enemies. Thank you Zia for tying a knot which no one can untie.Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Mar 28, 2016 - 2:59PM

    Surprisingly a plastic ID card may well survive a bomb blast if it was hurled away by the force of the blast. If fact, on occasions the head of the bomber though blown off, remains remarkably recognizable. But why carry identity in the first place ? Would it really matter to a person on such a mission who has been estranged from his family for some months and who a splinter group of the Taliban claim as one of their own ?Recommend

  • Desi
    Mar 28, 2016 - 3:04PM

    One thing i cannot simply understand is that how can our police or other Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) can determine that who is the bomber by just looking at the CNIC. CNIC could be of any innocent person who would have came in the blast radius. Why would a bomber would go carrying is CNIC???. Sometimes our LEAs also identifies the bomber with a severed head, and the same theory goes that the head could be of any one. These attacks are serious issues cause incidents like these and suspicious after incident investigations lead to think that something is really damn fish.Recommend

  • Aqeel Aamir
    Mar 28, 2016 - 4:30PM

    We all seem to be curious as how could the Police come to know the identity of the culprit! I am sure the matter of such significance is not being dealt lightly and they are not dumb, they may have a reason and explanation to the claim made about the identity. Let’s wait a little more! Recommend

  • Procatinator
    Mar 28, 2016 - 4:42PM

    Huge achievement for NADRA for producing such good quality if CNICs, which do not get destroyed even by bombs!Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Mar 28, 2016 - 5:27PM

    Remnants of a bomb belt on the torso or its parts or even traces of explosive material. If there is a recognizable head and the DNA of the head matches the DNA of the torso with the remanents of the belt or explosive material, and the head matches the photo on the ID card, voila !Recommend

  • Hari
    Mar 28, 2016 - 6:10PM

    And the madrassas are still functioning churning out more terrorists.!!!Recommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Mar 28, 2016 - 6:21PM

    Obviously its an attack on Christians . Was the intelligence sleeping ? Recommend

  • Asif
    Mar 28, 2016 - 7:18PM

    What forensic evidence does Punjab Police has that identified the bomber so quickly? You may want to share this with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other elite agencies of the World and tell them that you are the elite of the elite. (This is sarcasm.)Recommend

  • eddied
    Mar 28, 2016 - 8:35PM

    so the bomber was living in a religious school for the past eight years and now was a teacher there?…what type of religion was he teaching?…radical islamic mindset is the source of these suicide bombers and it must be eliminated from civilized society or pakistan will never have peace… Recommend

  • Joker
    Mar 28, 2016 - 10:33PM

    What a joke. Rana Sana Ullah always making a fool out of the public. They are making a fool of them selves. They cant provide proper security and now they are showing their efficiency that bomber was carrying a CNIC and it has been found. A bomb that has killed people, would have survived the blast? Did they also find a black box with the recording of the bomber?Recommend

  • Xnain
    Mar 29, 2016 - 2:15AM

    This event will also turn out to be like safoora goth incident with 8 different people targeted as masterminds. TTP has already issued the picture of alleged suicide bomber and the CNIC guy is not him.Recommend

  • Religion
    Mar 29, 2016 - 3:47PM

    This was an attack on HUMANITY


  • AA
    Mar 30, 2016 - 2:06PM

    @Haji Atiya:
    The presence of ID card on a death trip can be explained, People on a suicide mission has a false sense of purpose, they want to reach target unhindered by taking precautions to avoid any suspicions of law enforcement. Culprits would require CNIC to pass any controlled entry point since that is the first check to assess one’s legitimate presence in the area, however, there was none in this case but what if there was one ? There is an equal chance that he might be another victim unless the skull and body parts of the culprit provide DNA match to confirm his identity. Given the background characteristics mentioned in this report there is a greater likelihood that he was the culprit.Recommend

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