Sanaullah said “5,221 people have initially been detained. 5,005 have been released after verifying their identities, and 216 people have been referred for further investigation. Army spokesman Gen. Asim Bajwa said the military and the paramilitary Rangers were conducting raids across Punjab, Pakistan’s richest and most populous province, in rapid response to the Easter bombing.
“Right now in Rawalpindi, Multan and elsewhere, operations are ongoing, intelligence agencies and Rangers and army troops are carrying out operations,” he told reporters. Jamaat-ur-Ahrar, the Taliban faction that claimed responsibility for the blast aimed at Christians celebrating Easter, warned Pakistani media they could be the next target. “Everyone will get their turn in this war, especially the slave Pakistani media,” Ehsanullah Ehsan, spokesman for the group, tweeted. “We are just waiting for the appropriate time.” Even as authorities pursued Islamist militants across Punjab, hundreds of ultra-conservative Muslim protesters remained camped out in front of parliament in Islamabad. Most of the dead were women and children who had poured into the park in large numbers to enjoy its many attractions including giant swings, joy rides and boating for children. The military said a huge cache of arms and ammunition were recovered in the raids.
Police said the Lahore suicide bomber had been identified as Yousuf, son of Ghulam Farid, a resident of Muzzafargarh.