Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Hakeemullah Mehsud has convened a meeting in North Waziristan to plan targeted attacks in case of the expected resumption of Nato supplies, an intelligence agency’s report reveals.
An extract of the intelligence report states that Mehsud convened a meeting with several senior commanders of TTP, Tehreek-e-Taliban Afghanistan and Al-Qaeda in North Waziristan Agency in the second week of February.
The report adds that in case of the resumption of Nato supplies, the militants will show their anger through terrorist activities across the country, including targeting high-profile personalities.
Information about the planned attacks as well as other possible threats has been forwarded to the police and other law enforcement agencies by the National Crisis Management Cell (NCMC) of the interior ministry. Officials have been directed to beef up security at possible target sites.
The report says possible targets not only include US diplomats and their bases in Pakistan, but also Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, interior minister Rehman Malik, Imran Khan and Maulana Fazlur Rehman.
A separate report revealed that the Jundullah group also held a meeting to plan out attacks across the country, particularly in Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Lahore. It added that the group had established an army of 21 militants for the purpose.
The said army will report to Hakeemullah Mehsud, who will also assign the targets. It said that the targets assigned to this group would be government offices, sensitive installations, important personalities and law enforcement agencies.
Yet another report says that five TTP militants have entered Punjab from the Darya Khan Bridge in a double-cabin vehicle and are armed with huge quantities of explosives, ammunition and different numbered licence plates.
The report says the law enforcement agencies have been informed of planned attacks in and around Lahore, particularly near the Fortress Stadium situated in the cantonment area, during this month (April).
It identifies two militants Waqar and Atique as the masterminds behind attacks planned in the metropolitan cities and mentions two suspected suicide bombers from Orakzai Agency.
Law enforcers have also noted the suspicious activities of two unknown suspects around the US consulate in Lahore. According to a report, security staff has been alerted about a Toyota Corolla car hovering around the area. It added that the licence plate on the car, LWK-3393, was counterfeit and actually belonged to a motorcycle.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 19th, 2012.