Sharifs on TTP hit list, says secret report

Published: September 12, 2012

With elections six months away, he wonders why the president is talking of local body polls.

LAHORE: 

Several leading politicians, including Pakistan Muslim League –Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif and his brother Shahbaz Sharif, are on the potential hit-list of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), according to an intelligence report circulated among law enforcement agencies.

Also appearing on the list are Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Fakhar Imam and the head of the Shia Ulema Council Pakistan Allama Sajid Naqvi. The report, citing plans of TTP Punjab’s commander Matiur Rehman and his associates, also spoke of terror plots being hatched by the group in Punjab. For instance, it warned of a possible suicide attack on the police force in order to free their jailed comrades who were implicated in the attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore in 2009.

One of the suspects in the attack, Qari Waqas, who is imprisoned in Kot Lakhpat Jail, is said to be in constant touch with the TTP, providing them with the dates of the court hearings. The alleged attack is likely to be carried out while the police would be taking him to the court hearing.

The report stated that the group was also involved in kidnapping wealthy businessmen, in particular those from the Ahmadi community in Lahore.

Another intelligence report revealed that members of the TTP were planning attacks on prominent Shia leaders residing in the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad and surrounding areas. Prominent hotels, VIPs, foreigners and other sensitive locations in the twin cities and Lahore are also on the targeted list.

Terrorists are also alleged to be preparing for a strike in retaliation for any military operation launched in North Waziristan Agency.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 12th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (45)

  • observer
    Sep 12, 2012 - 10:29AM

    And still this is not our war

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  • Mirza
    Sep 12, 2012 - 10:29AM

    These fanatic terrorists have strong connections with rightwing parties and they are not going to attack them. This is a publicity stunt by the PML-N and their allies. Rana Sana and Captain Safdar’s relations with these terrorists are open secret. These terrorists target PPP and ANP leadership not the rightwing leaders who are their allies. The history and hard facts confirm this fact.

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  • JoinHands!
    Sep 12, 2012 - 10:32AM

    what does ttp have to do with North Waziristan?

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  • tribal
    Sep 12, 2012 - 10:46AM

    Nops,TTP is only interested in targeting Pakhtun leadership !!

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  • blithe
    Sep 12, 2012 - 10:51AM

    @Mirza
    you are truly delusional.

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  • Hasnain
    Sep 12, 2012 - 10:55AM

    @Mirza:
    Why would TTP be interested in killing PPP and ANP leadership when its serving the very purpose of TTP i.e. ruining Pakistan? For PPP leaders, TTP knows that their own kins are enough to do the job when required….

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  • Ali
    Sep 12, 2012 - 10:59AM

    crappppppppppppppppppp!!!!!!!!!Recommend

  • sgrr
    Sep 12, 2012 - 11:01AM

    I am unable to understand why the mobile phone jammers are not being installed in jails to atleast disturb the terriorists connections outside their jails cleeagues.

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  • Fahim
    Sep 12, 2012 - 11:02AM

    A final blow is awaiting either to Pakistan or TTP

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  • Rana
    Sep 12, 2012 - 11:28AM

    TTP is outfit of professional killers duly sponsored by CIA & RAW!! The credibility & skillfulness of our SPY KIDS are also becoming questionable with passage of time (Dr. Shakil Afridi’s interview to Fox news). Sharifs have always been on the disliked list of US. Therefore, it’s not beyond the imagination that the plan may have been hatched with consensus!!!

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  • Malik Tabeer
    Sep 12, 2012 - 11:30AM

    i wish :P but how it could possible when both are same

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  • Sep 12, 2012 - 11:41AM

    So if PMLN wants to win next elections they have to use the same strategy PPP applied …

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  • salman
    Sep 12, 2012 - 11:49AM

    Might be true…would explain why main sahib has started spending so much time abroad…

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  • Buttler
    Sep 12, 2012 - 11:56AM

    hahaha another drama….Express tribune is trying to bring this man to lime light…

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  • abdullah
    Sep 12, 2012 - 11:58AM

    hahahahahahaa talibans seem 2 b so jobless that they want 2 kill these politicians..

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  • Buttler
    Sep 12, 2012 - 11:58AM

    Now he got another reason to use 200 Policemen with him…Can someone put the source of this report…

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  • Fahad
    Sep 12, 2012 - 12:01PM

    @observer
    sir the current war is not engaged at TTP but taliban i hope it clarifies

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  • abs
    Sep 12, 2012 - 12:19PM

    well interesting to not, CJ is not on the hit list, this shows how harmless / irrelevant he is for these butchers.

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  • SurelySure!!
    Sep 12, 2012 - 12:45PM

    Its just a publicity stunt indeed! no fear to Shareefs atleast.Recommend

  • Bloom
    Sep 12, 2012 - 1:12PM

    Sharifs, Imran Khan, Sh. Rasheed, Jamaat e Islami, Hameed Gul, Orya Maqbool Jaan, Difa Council cannot be on hit list of TTP

    They all are good friends of eachother

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  • observer
    Sep 12, 2012 - 1:32PM

    @Fahad:
    Are they different? TTP, i thought, stands for tehrik e taliban pakistan, active all over the county including FATA. Anyway thanks for putting me wise.

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  • Adeel Ahmed
    Sep 12, 2012 - 1:53PM

    @sgrr: The more important question is why the jail authorities cannot stop mobile phones from entering the jail. If they are unable to do something as simple as this, what security can they provide against a jailbreak?

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  • OS
    Sep 12, 2012 - 2:06PM

    Obviously. Sharif’s fell out with Pak army so the strategic assets must be unleashed on them.

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  • Raza Khan
    Sep 12, 2012 - 2:30PM

    Frankenstien calling his Master & knocking at his Door!

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  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Sep 12, 2012 - 2:36PM

    This is nothing but propaganda by Sharifs to gain sympathies of liberals. In fact he is a blue eyed boy of these elements who have their hide outs in Punjab and are well looked after their law minister. How can TTP harm their biggest supporter and support base?

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  • Majid
    Sep 12, 2012 - 2:58PM

    May Allah keep them save under His Guard.

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  • bilal
    Sep 12, 2012 - 3:04PM

    We have a list of politicians. Please entertain them.

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  • Sep 12, 2012 - 4:44PM

    Publicity stunt by PMLN. They want to imply that they are not glove-in-hand with terrorist outfits in Punjab. You failed, dude!

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  • asim
    Sep 12, 2012 - 4:46PM

    rehman malik name is there in the list?

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  • Umsan Khan
    Sep 12, 2012 - 4:49PM

    May Allah bless him and all other Pakistan’s leading politicians, we can’t offord any political vacum after Benizar Bhutto assasination…

    We should be united against any form of extrimism…

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  • A J Khan
    Sep 12, 2012 - 5:33PM

    This can;t be true.

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  • Jibran
    Sep 12, 2012 - 5:50PM

    Bullocks… Mr. Sharif and his Party members (such as Shahbaz Sharif, Captain Safdar, Rana Sanaullah) are hand in glove with the religious fanatics, Malik Ishaqs, Ludhianvis, and TTPs. Recommend

  • Jibran
    Sep 12, 2012 - 5:53PM

    PML-N and SC are the political wings of TTP.

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  • Khan of Cape Town
    Sep 12, 2012 - 6:00PM

    He is a national level leader and must be protected.

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  • Pak12
    Sep 12, 2012 - 6:07PM

    TTP don’t target goray kashmiri boys. MiaN sahab is safe.

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  • azeem
    Sep 12, 2012 - 6:18PM

    Pakistan Taliban power is limited to some Tribal Regions, for them to hit targets in Northern Punjab they need helped of Banned Militant groups in Karachi and Southern Punjab

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  • ibrahim hashmi
    Sep 12, 2012 - 7:05PM

    feared leaders live in fear!Recommend

  • ather
    Sep 12, 2012 - 7:18PM

    nawaz sharif should take security seriously. we dont want anyother zardari to take office with sympathy vote.

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  • Pakistani Pashtoon
    Sep 12, 2012 - 9:08PM

    and still general retd hameed gull says that talibans are not bad people because they want to over take afghanistan thats is their future plan.. talibans and terrorists are all bad, pakhtoons will never forget the revenge for what they done to us we will take the revenge after 70 years who ever has created themRecommend

  • sabi
    Sep 13, 2012 - 12:19AM

    Mirza.
    Have you ever seen animals film,how hyenas hunt their prey.They first que them up forming a long line chase their prey until it is exhausted and can run no more.The forces behind TTP are doing the same job with Pakistan.TTP are nothing but hired criminals.

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  • sabi
    Sep 13, 2012 - 12:38AM

    My reading of Nawaz sharif is that he is an honest patriotic and visionery person.He is neither extrem right nor extreme left but tries to stay somewhere in the middle.Some time shady politics of Pakistan compels him to do a little bit right wing politics that is just to counter the opposition.That is called politicals compulsion which doesn’t necessarily mean he is rightest.
    He is a man Pakistan needs.He is the greatest threat to staus quo that is why he is on the hit list.

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  • Sep 13, 2012 - 1:28AM

    What really? They have done everything to appease the Mullahs – this does not add up!

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  • zia
    Sep 13, 2012 - 6:09AM

    hmm… It can be the result of that wiki-leaks cable in which Sharif was caught showing his “pro-american” feelings to then ambassador, Patterson.. :O

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  • Enlightened
    Sep 13, 2012 - 8:18PM

    TTP is presently dictating terms to anyone including the military which does not auger well for Pakistan. Its time for the military to take fresh stock of the situation and formulate new strategy to eliminate this dangerous outfit in time bound operations.

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  • Umar
    Sep 16, 2012 - 3:02AM

    I rather think the whole humanity are in TTP’s hit list HAHAHAHHA!!!!

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