Lahore: A low intensity explosive device, believed to have been planted by religious extremists, went off at a hotel in Faisalabad city of Pakistan, where a fashion show was taking place, creating panic among the participants.

Members of Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT), the student wing of the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), are believed to have been involved in yesterday's incident in Faisalabad in Punjab province, officials said.

The low intensity blast created panic at the hotel and a good number of participants left the venue. The fashion show continued after the incident but concluded an hour ahead of schedule.

The organisers of the show said they had received threats from hardliners and had informed police about the matter.

Before the show, some activists of IJT and Jamaat-e-Islami organised a protest at Chenab Club Chowk and demanded that the local administration stop the show.

If this was not done, they would besiege the hotel and stop the event by force, the protesters said.

Officials of the police and district administration held talks with office-bearers of the two groups and convinced them to end their protest.

The hotel's marketing manager Zeeshan Ahmed said it had nothing to do with the show as it only provided a venue.

 A police officer said "a report on the incident" had been sent to superiors and no case had been registered against anyone.

"The JI and IJT had withdrawn their protest and left the place," he claimed.

(Agencies)