Lahore Blast Victim’s Family to Move Court After Police Harassment

Police had detained members of Yousaf’s family after mistakenly declaring him the suicide bomber.

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Eric John, bottom, who survived Sunday’s attack, cries during the funeral of his cousin, in Lahore. (Photo: AP/KM Chaudary)

The family of one of the victims of Gulshan-e-Iqbal park attack in Lahore, capital of Punjab province of Pakistan, said it will move the court against police.

The bruised and battered family of Muhammad Yousaf, victim of the attack that left at least 72 people killed and over 250 injured, said that the police added insult to injury by detaining some of its members, Dawn online reported.

Police had detained members of Yousaf’s family after mistakenly declaring him the suicide bomber during frantic search for clues after Sunday’s blast.

Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a faction of the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack and said it deliberately targeted Christians celebrating Easter.

Jindan Mai, Yousaf’s mother, narrated her ordeal and said that she can never forget the treatment Yousaf’s family was subjected to by police who harassed and locked them up.

She said that her pleas that the family was innocent fell on deaf ears.

Soon after the blast, police raided Yousaf’s home, arrested three of his brothers and locked the women inside.

His family members were freed on Wednesday, and went to Lahore to retrieve the Yousaf’s body.

On Thursday, hundreds of people attended his funeral as he was laid to rest.

Yousaf had gone to Lahore and visited the park with his friends, Bilal Shakir and Qari Yaqoob, both from Dera Ghazi Khan city. Bilal was also killed in the blast, while Yaqoob was injured.

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