Lahore Old Anarkali blast: 3 suspected BLA terrorists arrested

Published: October 21, 2013
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Police and rescue officials busy in rescue work after a strong bomb explosion outside a restaurant in the Anarkali area in Lahore. PHOTO: PPI

Police and rescue officials busy in rescue work after a strong bomb explosion outside a restaurant in the Anarkali area in Lahore. PHOTO: PPI

LAHORE: Police arrested three suspected terrorists allegedly involved in the recent blast in the Old Anarkali area of Lahore, Express News reported on Monday.

Twenty-three-year-old Jafar Khan, 26-year-old Ameer Baqi and 29-year-old Saleh Baloch were arrested from Jail Road in Lahore on a tip-off provided by terrorists arrested earlier.

According to sources, the suspects have connections with the banned Balochistan Liberation Army.

The blast had occurred in a restaurant on October 10, claiming one life and injuring at least 16 others.

According to the restaurant owner, an unknown person had left a bag in the dining area prior to the blast.

On the same day, three other blasts took place in Karachi, Quetta and Peshawar killing at least a dozen people.

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Reader Comments (27)

  • Hedgefunder
    Oct 21, 2013 - 6:18PM

    OK, very well done ! So when are they going to be released ?
    After all these are your “Assets” they can not be kept locked up as otherwise there will be another mass Jail Break Out !
    Its a Comedy after Comedy and this Charade simply does not stop !
    When was any terrorist last convicted and sentenced ?
    Incidentally, Just how many of these Cockroach Outfits are there in Pakistan ?
    Its al getting very confusing for us novices here, simply to keep track of their names, let alone their acts in name of your Jihad on your own people !
    Very Very Flawed Policy !

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  • waqas
    Oct 21, 2013 - 6:24PM

    libidos are on fire

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  • Blast accused
    Oct 21, 2013 - 7:05PM

    How can you say they are real culprits ?

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  • Hafiz
    Oct 21, 2013 - 7:06PM

    pakistan must stop innocent baloch killing. must stop.

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  • Realist
    Oct 21, 2013 - 7:27PM

    @Hedgefunder,

    Like any country trying to protect its interests in the region/world by sponsoring non-state actors (including the US, India and others), Pakistan does the same. I am not defending such a policy. Just stating that it is a reality of international affairs. To clarify some of your confusions: the BLA is also a state-sponsored organization (but the nation-states sponsoring it do not include Pakistan!). While I do agree that the weakest link in our counter-terrorism strategy is a weak judicial system, there have actually been hundreds of convictions in Anti Terror cases. And just a few days ago, (long overdue and very welcome!) amendments were added to Anti Terror laws. ON A POSITIVE NOTE, great job by the police!

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  • Haroon Farooq
    Oct 21, 2013 - 7:40PM

    I think we must appreciate the work Law Enforcement Agencies are playing. They have caught each culprit and thwarted dozens of attacks,look at Hammad Adil’s arrest in Islamabad. I am proud of my forces especially in punjab since they have kept us safe. Bravo !!!

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  • aqib
    Oct 21, 2013 - 7:45PM

    @Hedgefunder;
    They are actually assets of India (Baloch militants)-American Defense secretary Hagel attested to it.

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  • Javed
    Oct 21, 2013 - 7:49PM

    @Hafiz:
    India must stop innocent Kashmiri, Sikh killing

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  • Talha Rizvi
    Oct 21, 2013 - 7:50PM

    @Hedgefunder:
    you are really insane aren’t you. They are not religious extremists but secular ethnic militants. You Indians should keep your nose out of others affairs.
    @ Hafiz: But they can keep killing us? This shows how desperate you Indians are in your hate of Pakistan. By the way what about the atrocities your army commits in conflict areas? You rejoiced at the suicide attack in Peshawar but were getting angry when somebody made jokes about the Indian temple stampede.

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  • Xnain
    Oct 21, 2013 - 7:59PM

    @Hafiz:
    O brother! Another Pseudo-Indian…..Why don’t you guys get enough guts to come post with real name. Bilies!

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  • Baloch
    Oct 21, 2013 - 8:09PM

    Express Tribune, plz giv covrag to Army brutalty of Balochi pple. thanks.

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  • jg
    Oct 21, 2013 - 8:30PM

    @Hafiz:
    reality check.those involved in bomb blasts,kidnapping,terrorizing are not innocent they are terrorists, be it punjabi,pathan,sindhi or baluch.so stop this indian line please

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  • unbelievable
    Oct 21, 2013 - 8:32PM

    Peoples Aman Committee terrorists were captured from Lahore including infamous target killing machine Amin Buledi. The police should have known where there’s Aman Committee there’s BLA. Their nexus is already destroying Karachi after engulfing Lyari in its entirety and few adjoining areas!

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  • Hafiz
    Oct 21, 2013 - 9:17PM

    @Javed:
    why you relate real story of pakistan with fake story of India???? just think one day you might be change for fake allegation.

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  • Hafiz
    Oct 21, 2013 - 9:21PM

    @Xnain:
    Name is not identity for country man and country not an issue with true comment. give up your ego/panic of india. be pakistani but don’t be typical pakistani.

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  • Hafiz
    Oct 21, 2013 - 9:27PM

    @jg:
    My following question those are not agree with you.
    if someone blast a bomb in X location then we call terrorist and when same one blast bomb in another location Y then we call innocent. may I know what theory behind this logic????

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  • ;-)chief
    Oct 21, 2013 - 9:45PM

    So by this rule bomb blast in KP were done by punjabi taliban…..Recommend

  • 123
    Oct 21, 2013 - 10:03PM

    BLA are terrorist, they are freedom fighters!

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  • waztaz
    Oct 21, 2013 - 10:10PM

    When the blast happened, people in express tribune started to criticize PTI for advocating peace talks with the taliban. These people make unfounded assumptions and assume more knowledge than they really have. And they are not going to recommend my comment. Are u people going to deny this report too?

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/616143/blast-in-lahore-hotel-injures-10/Recommend

  • Singh
    Oct 21, 2013 - 10:20PM

    @Javed:
    Where is Sikh killing happening. Wake up smell coffee.

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  • Baloch
    Oct 21, 2013 - 10:35PM

    Don’t cross the limit otherwise blood flood will flow.

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  • MK
    Oct 21, 2013 - 10:42PM

    Hedgefunder is back making pointless comments after a long vacation. Can’t wait to school you again. Poor guy thinks it’s still cool to be a ‘hedge funder’ – which isn’t a word, btw.

    And yes, I’m glad they’ve caught some people from a banned organization, but at the same time we should focus on providing support to the common masses in Balochistan.

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  • Kashmiri
    Oct 21, 2013 - 10:56PM

    @Hafiz:
    And India should stop killing innocent Kashmiris…. Period

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  • truth
    Oct 22, 2013 - 12:09AM

    @ET
    Its good to call BLA a terrorist network BUT when will you find the gutts to call the TALIBAN terrorists….?????

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  • expaki
    Oct 22, 2013 - 12:59AM

    @Hafiz: “pakistan must stop innocent baloch killing” Pakistanis have finished Ahmadis, driven out Sikhs and Hindus, remaining Sindhi Hindus are facing abduction of their daughters and then “CONVERSION – ACCEPTING peaceful Islam. Churches are blown to purify Islami Pakistan. TRIBUNE why you silence voices of pain and logic? Jinnah You Zindabad

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  • B
    Oct 22, 2013 - 1:18AM

    @aqib:
    Do not fool yourself or your prople. He said that when HE WAS NOT a DS.

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  • rome
    Oct 22, 2013 - 7:08AM

    ohh no no, how can it be?, it must definitely be the taliban. How can we blame any attacks on others than the talibans?. When it happened it was taliban and now its not. Im becoming more and more sure abt that lots of bombing in innocent public places is not done by the taliban but their name is unfortunately being using for political purposes..

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