Mumbai. The police have arrested a foreign national in the car bomb blast case outside the house of Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai terror attack and the chief of Jamaat-ud-Dawa. Pakistani security agencies arrested the accused, who has been identified as Peter Paul David, from Lahore Airport on Thursday. He was deboarded from a Karachi-bound plane and taken for questioning at an undisclosed location. It is being told that he is the owner of the car used in the attack. David’s travel history has revealed that he traveled frequently between Karachi, Lahore and Dubai. The accused has not been able to satisfy the investigators with his reply that what was the reason behind his coming to Pakistan and the activities done there. Three people were killed and 21 others were injured in a powerful car bomb blast in Lahore’s Johar town on Wednesday. The blast took place near the police block outside Saeed’s house located in the Board of Revenue Housing Society. Some police personnel engaged in the security of terrorist Hafiz Saeed’s house have also been injured. The windows and walls of Saeed’s house were damaged due to the impact of the blast. So far no group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Security agencies are looking for another suspect who drove the explosive-laden car to the spot. In 2010, the car stolen from Gujranwala in Punjab province was sold several times and David was the last owner of this car. An official said that intelligence agencies identified David through registration records obtained from the excise department and then arrested him. According to preliminary investigation, officials said that the car entered Lahore from Babu Sabu intersection. A few hours before the attack, the car was allowed to go ahead by the police personnel after investigation. It is not yet clear whether there were explosives in the car during the investigation. It is believed that after entering Lahore, explosives were loaded into the car and then it was taken to Johar town. During interrogation, David has denied the allegations of involvement in the blast. He has told investigators that the last time he went to Dubai, a friend said that one of his acquaintances needed a car in Gunjranwala for a few days. When he came to Pakistan, he gave that car to a man wearing a mask in Gunjrawala. He said that he felt that the person had put a mask on his face because of Corona.
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