LAHORE: Investigators have yet to make any important arrest in connection with the Gulshan-e-Iqbal blast even though clampdown on suspected militants has intensified across the province.

A joint investigation team constituted by the provincial government is working on the case to unearth the perpetrator, facilitators, and financers of a young suicide bomber who blew himself up among families in Lahore.

The metropolis Sunday witnessed the highest casualties in a single suicide blast in many years. The bomber had hit as many as 405 people mostly children. The suicide blast in Lahore’s Gulshan-e-Iqbal had left 72 persons dead and over 333 wounded.

A senior police officer told The Nation that hundreds of suspects were arrested for having links with banned outfits since Sunday. But no important arrest could be made yet with regard to Lahore blast, he said seeking anonymity.

Police and intelligence operatives arrested another 190 people in a series of raids on suspected militants across the province.

Punjab’s central police office today issued a “Press Note” which confirmed the arrests of another 190 suspected militants during intelligence-based operations.

As per the press note, “In wake of Lahore incident, search operations are being carried out across Punjab on the directions of Inspector General of Police Mushtaq Ahmad Sukhera.”

“All field officers are performing their duties in the light of given SOP in this regard.”

During the last 24 hours in all districts, Punjab police conducted 104 operations, CTD 16, and 58 Intelligence Based Operations were conducted with other agencies.”