TTP Punjab rehearsed attack on nuclear site: Report

Published: September 7, 2012

Circulars issued to provincial bodies to thwart terror plot. DESIGN: MOHAMMAD SUHAIB

LAHORE: 

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP)’s Punjab faction has already held rehearsals to target a nuclear site in DG Khan, revealed an intelligence report.

The faction was identified as the key culprit in the report. The report also dispelled the notion that terrorists have completed reconnaissance and have succeeded in getting a video footage of the installation in DG Khan.

Most of the reconnaissance was carried out by a Punjabi Taliban group led by Asmatullah Moavia.

Moavia’s group will be abetted by TTP commanders Ghulam Rabbani and Qari Kamran for the attack.

The report also revealed that terrorists had already rehearsed the attack by having frequented their planned route to the nuclear facility.

Circular issued

On the basis of this intelligence report, a circular had been issued by the National Crisis Management Cell (NCMC) and the interior ministry, which was then forwarded to all provincial law enforcement agencies.

Using a code word to refer to the nuclear installation, the circular directed close coordination between all law enforcement agencies and foolproof security measures to thwart the nefarious terror scheme.

Suicide bombers have been earmarked in this regard, stated the circular.

DPO DG Khan Chaudhry Muhammad Saleem, while talking to The Express Tribune, confirmed the intelligence report as well as the circulars issued by the federal and provincial governments.

Security of sensitive sites was already beefed up after the Kamra airbase attack but on receiving this new threat alert, the security of the DG Khan nuclear facility has been further enhanced, Saleem said.

About eight police pickets have been established around the nuclear sites, besides inner security cardons.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 7th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (35)

  • A.S.
    Sep 7, 2012 - 9:53AM

    Who are you trying to help, ET?

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  • Noman
    Sep 7, 2012 - 9:54AM

    Doesnt make sense on why the TTP should attack the nuclear sites?
    Seems like somone is trying to increase pressure on Pakistan by quoting such statements.

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  • Mahakaalchakra
    Sep 7, 2012 - 9:56AM

    One of the most sensitive site at the moment in Pakistan is Rimsha’s home where she was taken to jail from.

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  • True Voice of Pakistan
    Sep 7, 2012 - 9:58AM

    If there are reports, then why don’t military launch an operation in hid outs in Punjab and throw them to desert so they can have their fate….

    In fact better punishment for radicals….

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  • M Usama Kabbir
    Sep 7, 2012 - 10:06AM

    Come on lets negotiate with them as says Imran Khan aka Taliban Khan. They are our brothers. Let us settle this over a cup of Halal tea. This is America’s war ! Not ours. Its just that the war is being fought on our soil. That doesn’t make it our own war ! TSUNAMIIIIII!!!!!!!!Recommend

  • Sam
    Sep 7, 2012 - 10:07AM

    Proves the long standing notion that they had been created by external powers sitiing on both sidesof border to form the grounds of denuclearizing pakistan. Spent 5 years bombing muslims and now will attack nuclear facilities with foreign backing to create the atmosphere needed.

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  • binary-zero
    Sep 7, 2012 - 10:18AM

    Aren’t you not helping them by publishing these stories ?

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  • sidjeen
    Sep 7, 2012 - 10:47AM

    in a normal country this news item would appear after all the culprits in this scheme were apprehended by the law enforcement agencies. we have their names we know about their coordination teams we know about them having a video of the installation and what are we doing issuing circulars and increasing security of the site (which should in even normal circumstances be the most secure place on the face of earth) rather than going all guns blazing with every agency we have to nab them. its a nuclear facility for God sake show some urgency.

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  • Enlightened
    Sep 7, 2012 - 10:49AM

    Pakistan does not require nuclear arsenal since India is a responsible country who has declared and affirmed to Pakistan that it would never ever indulge in its first usage. In fitness of the things, Pakistan should transfer the whole arsenal barring a few to serve as a deterrent to another country, either China or Turkey. Presently, Pakistan might be spending millions on its security but still can’t be sure of its safety against a determined TTP attack assisted by some brainwashed security personnel guarding the nuclear installations.

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  • A J Khan
    Sep 7, 2012 - 10:58AM

    Not all, but Media, Mobile communication and Judiciary are the three important vehicles of Talibans strengths.

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  • Enlightened
    Sep 7, 2012 - 11:03AM

    @M Usama Kabbir:
    Imran Khan is living in a dreamland of his own who keeps coming up with his utopian plans and statements which are far from reality and also the same cannot be achieved. However, best of luck to him to turn the impossible to possible.

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  • Mir Taqi
    Sep 7, 2012 - 11:04AM

    It appears that this story is being reported by ET only. Haven’t seen it on other newspaper websites…. Don’t know how much truth is there in it….. But in any case it would help those who claim Pakistan’s Nukes aren’t safe.

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  • Sep 7, 2012 - 11:07AM

    @A.S.:
    @binary-zero:
    how’s ET helping criminals? The news comes as a cautionary advice about some imminent danger. Local people should/would be more careful and report any suspicious activity they witness in and around the city of DGK.

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  • Ali
    Sep 7, 2012 - 11:12AM

    ‘Times of India’ type reporting in which stories from unknown and unreliable sources instantly make it to the headlines.

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  • afzal
    Sep 7, 2012 - 11:19AM

    @Sam:
    dude there’s no foreign backing its ur internal problem….u support it …so u have to deal with itRecommend

  • jjndkvn
    Sep 7, 2012 - 11:20AM

    @binary-zero:
    I dunno. Might act as deterrent. I would assume this was revealed or leaked to the press in a calculated move.

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  • asifK
    Sep 7, 2012 - 11:27AM

    Talib Imran Khan taking the opening ceremony Nato funded road
    D.I Khan to Wana
    why he using this route? Bannu route is shortest one for Shumali Waziristan

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  • rizwan
    Sep 7, 2012 - 12:18PM

    @M Usama Kabbir:
    is this not what we been doing for last 8 years? may be try a different method?

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  • Kamran
    Sep 7, 2012 - 12:19PM

    @M Usama Kabbir: Dear Usama, You actually dint get the Idea of Imran Khan. IK has repeatedly said that we will differentiate the terrorists from Qabailies through negociation with Qabailies and taking them at our side. Then these qabailies will well be able to take care of few terrorists themselves. Getting out of American war means to win the Qabailies confidence that they are fighting for Pakistan against insurgents, not for America. (as currently we are being paid by America for their dirty job)

    And one more thing, these TTP terrorists are being backed by NATO and CIA. Remember its SC said that more that 11,000 NATO containers has been lost in Pakistan and no one knows where they are. When recently NATO supplies were cut there was sharp decline in terrorist attacks.

    Point is, that one must see all the whole situation simultaneously. Taking things in isolation will never let you get the true picture anyway.

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  • Logic Europe
    Sep 7, 2012 - 12:28PM

    Jamat e islami should think about it’s position

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  • Zahid Hussain
    Sep 7, 2012 - 1:27PM

    Pakisstan is now on a ‘defensive war’ with TTP. Sooner you accept, better is it. Who is now going to yield, is a question one has to answer if one is prudent and wise enough. Of course, bloggers here are certainly not capable.

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  • Salman
    Sep 7, 2012 - 3:04PM

    With all it’s might if America is unable to win this war by force than I believe there is something serious to learn here.

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  • Imran
    Sep 7, 2012 - 4:26PM

    All the sympathies for innocent people living in areas controlled by these militants but a state cannot exist without establishing its writ in all its areas …. People saying “Give Peace A Chance” will eventually help those militants

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  • Babbarsher Khan
    Sep 7, 2012 - 4:31PM

    Let’s give our strategic assets to our all weather friend China for safe keeping till such time we tide over the current crisis. The audacious attacks by TTP in recent times has raised fear that this crazy bearded brigade is capable of causing huge damage to our national interest. If somehow the strategic assets fall in the hand of this crazy lot, we will sure be returned to stone age as Richard Armitage warned our last dictator!

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  • Sultan Ahmad
    Sep 7, 2012 - 5:01PM

    Actually we are in a state of self denial. We always find our enemies in foreign forces/countries and close our eyes from serious Mulla’ism growing in Pakistan. We now have to accept that this TTP/Talibans/Al Qaida are group of violent and ignorant Mullahs who want to impose their self interpreted Sharia (which is the distorted picture of Islam) in Pakistan in the name of religion. Please try to understand their “philosophy” of gaining power through violence (read their books!). They have their roots from Kharijis and and are in this business for past several centuries. They are just waiting for right time and will show their most “violent” and “dirty” face once they have their baseline ready. Don’t run after myths that only US and India are behind this (they may have played some role) and also try to look into the import of “violent” philosophy from Saudi Arabia and Middle East and what about their funding of Madrassas openly! What is their goal! We should eradicate this philosophy otherwise you will not find any barber shop in Islamabad/Pakistan.Recommend

  • Cautious
    Sep 7, 2012 - 5:18PM

    @binary-zero

    Aren’t you not helping them by
    publishing these stories ?

    I would argue that if anyone is being helped by this article it’s Pakistan. Kudos to the intelligence agencies that uncovered this plot. Kudos to the reporter who performed the interview and wrote the article.Recommend

  • ALi
    Sep 7, 2012 - 8:10PM

    Punjab Govt not doing any Madrassa Reforms. It is fault lies by Punjab Government

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Sep 7, 2012 - 8:55PM

    Punjab Police also rehearsed how to arrive at scene of incident and fight the terrorists. Unfortunately second part of rehearsal was not accomplished, because when Police arrived on scene after eleven hours, the terrorists had already gone.

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  • roadkashehzada
    Sep 7, 2012 - 10:14PM

    i remember Asad Kharal’s reports about attack on a base in punjab before kamra attack. Allah save us all

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  • Sultan Ahmad
    Sep 7, 2012 - 11:52PM

    @A.S.: ET is trying to help innocent people of Pakistan and exposing the dirty face of TTP

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  • s shah
    Sep 8, 2012 - 9:11AM

    @Sultan Ahmed: Agree with you. The TTP are home grown monsters who think they are the only true muslims and wish to impose their version of Islam by brute force. The sooner we stop living in denial and wishful thinkful that they are disguised Indians or Americans, the sooner we can start dealing with the TTP.

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  • Sep 8, 2012 - 11:13AM

    @s shah:
    You cannot by-pass the core realities by saying “their own version of Islam”. Can I ask what is your version? What we see round (media is testimony) is a fast developing culture of mixed gathering in night clubs, a growing tendency of ‘dating’, a propagation of illicit relations amongst so-called celebrities, etc. All this is finding approval in the name of ‘modernism’ and advancement of culture. I hate mullahism; civil society like you people should come up to take up the role to combat this menace. If we have to call our country “Islamic Republic” we cannot afford promoting this culture, otherwise there is a chaos ahead, the prelude of which you are witnessing in the form of TTP. They are true to their belief and cause, and are giving their lives for that. We are culprit of having forgotten our aim of creating this country, hence suffering from the consequences. .

    Here I remember a statement of one of our prominent political religious leader: Ours and TTP demands and goals are same, but the difference is that former have chosen a path of violence, while we believe in achieving the objective through democratic means.

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  • socratese
    Sep 8, 2012 - 4:16PM

    There are hide outs and training grounds of TTP criminals in kacha area of DG Khan,Bahawalpur,Rahimyar Khan etc. Police is unwilling to take on these traitors while Punjab Govt. is not willing to call Pak Army as it would destroy the claims of good governance of PML(N). In recent Kamra attacks, all the attackers belonged to Punjab. Its time that all the security agencies wake up to take stock of the situation otherwise these criminals may strike vital installations.If we kept ignoring lurking danger then very soon we shall be watching drones hovering over southern Punjab.

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  • Sep 8, 2012 - 5:52PM

    @M Usama Kabbir:
    Imran Khan is right to the extent of getting closer to them and to negotiate. But no settlement will be forcoming without accepting their demand for islamic rule in the country. There will be no flexibility on their side. IK should make him prepared before leaving for Taliban land.

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  • LionOfPunjab
    Sep 9, 2012 - 4:00AM

    The nuclear bum was to protect us…but we end up protecting the bomb.
    Allah(swt) is suppose to protect us all..but we end up protecting Allah with blasphemy law.
    What a country!!!

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