In an operation in this capital of Punjab province, police picked up 40 people, including a key suspect Luqman, 25, who was caught with an explosive jacket, police said.
Most of the suspects arrested here belong to banned militant groups like the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Siphah-e-Sahaba, Sipah-e-Muhammad and Jaish-e-Mohammad, all Punjabi militant groups.
"They were arrested for their alleged links with those carrying out terrorist attacks across the country," a senior police officer said.
Luqman was nabbed at one of 16 checkpoints set up along the 75-km boundary between Punjab and the restive North West Frontier Province.
Luqman has links with Aqeel alias Dr Usman, who was shot and caught during the commando operation to clear the occupation by militants of the intelligence office in the Army Headquarter complex, a police source told reporters.
The police source said Luqman also had links with Hanif Gabol, a resident of Choti Zaireen who was involved in recruiting teenage seminary students for training in militant
camps in the lawless Waziristan tribal region.
Lahore: Four days after Taliban's brazen strike on Pakistan's Army headquarters, security agencies are continuing their sweep to nab suspects involved in the attack and other recent militant assaults and have arrested about 40 people over the past two days.
First Published: Wednesday, October 14, 2009, 13:49