The Lahore blast highlights the problems facing the force — The Policeman's dilemma

28 Juillet, 2017, 00:53 | Auteur: Ruben Ruiz
  • Rescue teams have been dispatched for the site

The windows of the building blew out, he added.

Japanese coast guard officials said they were still discussing possible cooperation with the U.S. side but that nothing concrete has been decided. According to CNN, in a statement released by Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid, the group said the bomb's target was a bus carrying Afghan intelligence staff.

The suspect, Franz Wrousis, 51, has two previous convictions for weapons offenses and no fixed residence, authorities said. "They were very happy after joining the police service". Underfunded by the state, bullied by politicians and constantly accused by the populace of corruption and bribery, police throughout Pakistan have a highly negative reputation.

After years of spiralling insecurity, the powerful army launched a crackdown on militancy in the wake of a brutal attack on a school in late 2014.

Sources said on Tuesday the Punjab government has decided to form a joint investigation team to conduct a probe into the Ferozepur suicide bombing.

The old Sabzi Mandi is also situated in the area.

The city's commissioner Abdullah Khan Sumbul said the blast targeted police.

DIG Operations Dr Haider Ashraf said a police picket was targeted in the attack. For starters, steps need to taken to make the police independent from political influences.

A bomb also killed 14 people in Lahore in February during a wave of attacks across the country, denting optimism that Pakistan's security situation was improving.

The rescue and police teams have cordoned off the blast site. Coast guard officials declined to give details.

The Catholic ministers' National Commission for Justice and Peace has censured the suicide bombarding. The police in Pakistan are shockingly underfunded to the point that some equipment is from the British era. For example the police are often called to control protests and riots, yet most officers receive little crowd control training.

Both the civilian and military leadership have been endeavoring to earmark Lahore as a safe space where normalcy can be resumed in the shape of sustained peace. These funds need to be put under people who would ensure that the money is not pilfered away by corrupt officials or bureaucrats.