Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah visited Lahore’s Jinnah Hospital on Tuesday to inquire about the health of those injured in the Sunday's Lahore tragedy.
On the occasion, Shah announced to provide Rs0.5 million to the heirs of each of the deceased and Rs0.3 million for each of the persons “critically injured” in the tragedy, Express News reported.
At least 74 people, including 29 children, were killed and 233 were wounded in a blast near Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park in Allama Iqbal Town on Sunday.
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Talking to media after visiting the patients, the Sindh chief minister said a decision to conduct operation in Punjab solely relied on the Punjab government and they should be asked about it, not the Sindh government.
Earlier, a scuffle was also witnessed between police and workers of the PPP after the latter were barred from entering the hospital ahead of Bilawal’s visit.
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On Monday, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif announced a compensation of Rs1 million for the family of each deceased, Rs0.3 million for the injured and Rs0.15 million or those who received minor injuries in the incident.
The blast on Sunday seemed to target the Christian community as large number of members of the community was celebrating Easter in the park at the time of the attack.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, in an address to the nation Monday evening, pledged to overcome the menace of terrorism and bring those responsible for the bloodshed to justice.
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