5 killed, 25 hurt in suicide attack near Lahore’s Police Lines

02:00 PM | 17 Feb, 2015
5 killed, 25 hurt in suicide attack near Lahore’s Police Lines
LAHORE (Web Desk) - As many as five people were killed and 25 wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside Police Headquarters near Qilla Gujar Singh area of Lahore on Tuesday, police officials said.
The banned outfit Tehreek-e-Taliban claimed the responsibility for the attack.
A senior police official said it was a suicide attack and that the body parts of the bomber had been recovered.
Inspector General of Punjab Police Mushtaq Sukhera said the suicide attacker wanted to get into the Police Lines, but he failed to do so.
According to the DIG Operations, four bodies were shifted to Sir Ganga Ram and Mayo hospitals, while as many as 19 injured, including women, a child, an assistant sub-inspector and a policewoman, were brought to these two hospitals and four others were taken to the Services Hospital. The dead included a police sub-inspector and an assistant sub-inspector, he added.
More casualties are feared.
The explosion was so powerful that it shattered windowpanes of nearby buildings, and destroyed at least six vehicles parked outside the office of a travel agency.
After the blast, a heavy police contingent cordoned off the area. According to the Bomb Disposal Squad, some five to eight kilograms of explosives were used in the blast. Also the CCTV footage is being examined to get more details on the attacker(s).
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, President Mamnoon Hussain, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf head Imran Khan and MQM chief Altaf Hussain strongly condemned the blast. Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif also sought a report over the incident.
Witnesses said huge plumes of smoke were visible in the air after the bombers struck.
Inspector General Punjab Police Mushtaq Sukhera told media representatives that the target of the attack was the Police Lines. He suspected that the bomber might have been searched on his way inside so he exploded himself prematurely.
Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Amin Wain told media persons that the blast was most likely carried out by a suicide bomber.
Ever since operation Zarb-i-Azb began, the Army has been taking action against militants.
Today’s explosion comes nearly three months after a massive bombing near the Wagah border claimed over 60 lives in Lahore. The bombing at Wagah was followed by the terrorist attack on Peshawar’s Army Public School in December which claimed over 140 lives, with most of the victims being children and students.
The Dec 16 attack resulted in the formulation of a National Action Plan to counter terrorism which also saw a parliamentary consensus on the formation of military courts in the country as well as renewed resolve to counter religious extremism by cracking down on terror financing and regulating madrassahs. The government also rolled back the moratorium on capital punishment following which a number of convicted terrorists have been hanged in jails across the country.
Since the government set the NAP rolling, the country has seen a number of terrorist attacks — the major ones being attacks on imambargahs in Rawalpindi, Shikarpur and Peshawar.


Pakistani rupee registers marginal gain against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal and Dirham; Check forex rates

Pakistani rupee continued its momentum against the US dollar, and orther currencies in the open market on Thursday, as the local currency also improved in the inter-bank market.

Dollar Rate in Pakistan Today

On Thursday, the US dollar moved down and was being quoted at 283.2 for buying and 286.15 for selling.

Euro comes down to 308 for buying and 311 for selling. British Pound rate dropped to 358.5 for buying, and 362 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED witnessed slight drop and new rate stands at 77.4 whereas the Saudi Riyal remained stable at 76.

Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 7 December 2023

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 283.2 286.15
Euro EUR 308 311
UK Pound Sterling GBP 358.5 362
U.A.E Dirham AED 77.4 78.1
Saudi Riyal SAR 76 76.8
Australian Dollar AUD 187.2 189
Bahrain Dinar BHD 757.23 765.23
Canadian Dollar CAD 209 211
China Yuan CNY 39.89 40.29
Danish Krone DKK 41.19 41.59
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.41 36.76
Indian Rupee INR 3.42 3.53
Japanese Yen JPY 1.39 1.45
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 921.71 930.71
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 61.02 61.62
New Zealand Dollar NZD 174.54 176.54
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.05 26.35
Omani Riyal OMR 739.62 747.62
Qatari Riyal QAR 78.22 78.92
Singapore Dollar SGD 211 213
Swedish Korona SEK 27.12 27.42
Swiss Franc CHF 324.94 327.44
Thai Bhat THB 8.06 8.21

Gold prices in Pakistan move down despite positive global cues; Check latest rates here

Gold price in Pakistan remained under pressure as the yellow metal moved down despite an upward trend in the international market.

Gold Rates in Pakistan Today - 7 December 2023

On Thursday, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs217,100 and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs186,130. 

Single tola of 22 Karat Gold costs Rs199,000, 21 karat rate for per tola is Rs189,960 and 18k gold rate is Rs162,825.00 for each tola.

In the global market, gold prices hover at around $2026, gaining $8.30 on Thursday.

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

Today Gold Price in Pakistan (4 September 2023)

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Karachi PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Islamabad PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Peshawar PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Quetta PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Sialkot PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Attock PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Gujranwala PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Jehlum PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Multan PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Bahawalpur PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Gujrat PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Nawabshah PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Chakwal PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Hyderabad PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Nowshehra PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Sargodha PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Faisalabad PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Mirpur PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565


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