Lahore DHA blast caused by gas leakage, claims Rana Sanaullah

Published: February 24, 2017
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Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah addressing a press conference in Lahore on Friday, February 24, 2017. EXPRESS NEWS SCREENGRAB

Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah addressing a press conference in Lahore on Friday, February 24, 2017. EXPRESS NEWS SCREENGRAB

Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah claimed on Friday that the ‘mysterious’ blast which rocked Lahore’s Defence neighbourhood on Thursday, leaving at least eight dead and scores injured, was caused by a gas leakage.

“Yesterday’s explosion was an accident. It was not caused by explosives or a result of terrorism,” the provincial law minister said while addressing a press conference in Lahore.

“The presence of gas cylinders and leakage has been confirmed on the site,” he continued. “We got the forensic report this morning and the results and conclusions are that there was no indication of explosives or related materials.”

The blast that took place on Thursday ripped through Alferno Café’, situated in the basement of a building, at 11.17am. The café was scheduled to be inaugurated a few days later. The owner of the café, Moazzam Paracha, and over 20 workers were present in the café when the explosion occurred.

Sanaullah lamented that sections of the media did not verify the facts and ran with misleading claims that yesterday’s blast was a terror incident which, he said, created panic in the city.

Eight dead as mystery blast wrecks Lahore cafe

Citing the report of the forensic science laboratory, the minister said it confirmed gas leakage at the site of the incident. He did, however, mention that a final conclusion of the findings will be shared with the people.

In response to a question, the law minister said the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) had taken notice of the fake reports of a second bomb blast in the Gulberg area of the provincial capital and issued notices to several TV channels for violating the media regulator’s code of conduct.

Meanwhile, Punjab Home Secretary Azam Suleman said Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) rejected all fake audio messages which claimed the army men warned people of security threats. “Agencies are looking into the matter and the culprit behind such rumours will be dealt with according to the law,” he said.

Punjab IGP Mushtaq Sukhera also slammed rumours on social media claiming shoot-at-sight orders had been given to the police. “No such instructions have been issued,” he said.

The blast followed a suicide attack in the provincial capital, on February 13, which claimed the lives of at least 13 people — among them two senior police officials.

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Reader Comments (13)

  • RK Singh
    Feb 24, 2017 - 12:58PM

    They already killed the responsible person yesterday. Recommend

  • Singh
    Feb 24, 2017 - 1:20PM

    Efficient law minister of Punjab!Recommend

  • Lolz
    Feb 24, 2017 - 1:28PM

    A gas explosion makes high sheet of flames and it is mostly dangerous in a confined building. In case of Lahore, no one saw flames nor the building was confined rather it was an under construction structure. Moreover the crater and the impact of explosion doesn’t point towards a gas explosion. This press conference is merely a try to cover up their failures. Recommend

  • imran ali
    Feb 24, 2017 - 2:05PM

    Rana saheb…blast or cylinder explosion m0re than 8 people died..who is responsible? The simple answer is Punjab govt….who will look after these family whose bread earner died..Recommend

  • Xnain
    Feb 24, 2017 - 2:32PM

    @RK Singh:
    That was the mastermind of mall road suicide blast. Recommend

  • salman
    Feb 24, 2017 - 2:36PM

    @RK Singh:

    Pretty idiotic reply from typical IndiansRecommend

  • Libra
    Feb 24, 2017 - 2:44PM

    Govt. officials including ministers always lie with people. Gas cylinder explosion…….ha ha ha Recommend

  • Talking Point
    Feb 24, 2017 - 3:35PM

    @salman: Is Rana Sanaullah an Indian? Recommend

  • singh
    Feb 24, 2017 - 4:52PM

    Is there any doubt? His ancestors r Indian like any body else.@Talking Point: Recommend

  • M.Sethi
    Feb 24, 2017 - 5:09PM

    Good, this should calm down the nerves and the situation among the city’s local population and hopefully may help to wash away the apprehensions that may had come into the mind of the foreign players invited to play the final of the PSL cricket match scheduled to be held in Lahore !Recommend

  • Amir
    Feb 24, 2017 - 11:02PM

    Ask the family, they have a different story. pre-launch Breakfast party had ended, the owner had gone down to the basement to look at a suspicious canister that didn’t belong there.Recommend

  • JKhan
    Feb 25, 2017 - 7:53AM

    Who would believe this man?Recommend

  • XoF
    Feb 25, 2017 - 9:06AM

    Medi must be responsible and mature enough to have patience to report the final confirmed news instead of reporting each and every update said from random parties. The end result of your such reporting is that you have successfully created a negative opinion about your people and country in the world. And you arent so naieve to know about it.Recommend

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