Lahore police chief Capt (r) Amin Wains said the "police were the target". He also confirmed that it was a suicide blast. However, sources believe it was a car bomb attack.
According to Rescue 1122, nine policemen are among those who lost their lives in the blast. The area where the explosion occurred is a busy locality near the office of Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif.
The chief minister was in a meeting at his Model Town office when the blast took place.
"Police and Lahore Development Authority officials were busy in removing encroachments outside the Arfa Karim Tower, located near the CM's Model Town residence when a powerful blast took place," Rescue 1122 Jam Sajjad told Daily Pakistan.
"The condition of several injured is stated to be critical," the official added.
Three motorcycles and at least one vehicle have been reported damaged in the explosion. The identity of the victims has not yet been ascertained as of yet. Lahore's Metro Bus also passes near the IT tower.
Police and other law enforcement personnel have reached the site of the incident and cordoned off the area. Forensics teams have started collecting evidence from the blast site, after which the nature of explosion will be confirmed.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the Lahore suicide blast and voiced grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives.
Speaking to media in Lahore, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanuallah said it was premature to say whether it was a suicide blast.
“So far I can confirm that five people have died and 25 injured in the explosion”, he added.
We will not be deterred by such dastardly acts. Pakistan will continue to progress ... pic.twitter.com/G4pnktpl6r
— Umar Saif (@umarsaif) July 24, 2017
#LahoreBlast footage. 2 died 19 injured. Initial reports pic.twitter.com/fd72joty5g
— Raza Mehdi (@SyedRezaMehdi) July 24, 2017
Rescue 1122 is shifting injured to the hospitals, where emergency has been imposed #LahoreBlast pic.twitter.com/fEBMUBISev
— Govt Of The Punjab (@GovtOfPunjab) July 24, 2017
Huge explosion near Arfa Tech Park #Lahore Ya Allah Khair.. pic.twitter.com/FNyJwNfJOW
— Sarhan khan (@Sarhankhan8) July 24, 2017
As per recent updates loss of 20 precious lives #LahoreBlast pic.twitter.com/nXAuu3vyTn
— J.J (@JawairiaJamshed) July 24, 2017
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KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on March 20, 2023 (Monday).
Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||341.5||345|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||36.1||36.45|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||174.91||176.91|
KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 208,200 on Monday.The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs178,500.
Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs163,624 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 190,849.
Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.
|Lahore||PKR 208200||PKR 2390|
|Karachi||PKR 208200||PKR 2390|
|Islamabad||PKR 208200||PKR 2390|
|Peshawar||PKR 208200||PKR 2390|
|Quetta||PKR 208200||PKR 2390|
|Sialkot||PKR 208200||PKR 2390|
|Attock||PKR 208200||PKR 2390|
|Gujranwala||PKR 208200||PKR 2390|
|Jehlum||PKR 208200||PKR 2390|
|Multan||PKR 208200||PKR 2390|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 208200||PKR 2390|
|Gujrat||PKR 208200||PKR 2390|
|Nawabshah||PKR 208200||PKR 2390|
|Chakwal||PKR 208200||PKR 2390|
|Hyderabad||PKR 208200||PKR 2390|
|Nowshehra||PKR 208200||PKR 2390|
|Sargodha||PKR 208200||PKR 2390|
|Faisalabad||PKR 208200||PKR 2390|
|Mirpur||PKR 208200||PKR 2390|
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