LAHORE: The Interior Ministry, acting on information provided in intelligence reports, has declared high alert across the country on Tuesday.
Local factions of the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) have planned on attacking various targets in the country, the National Crisis Management Cell (NCMC) of the Interior ministry warned.
The information revealed that around 15 terrorists have entered Pakistan with the intent to attack Pakistan Ordinance Factory (POF), security check posts, government schools, colleges and sensitive installations.
This group of terrorists is reportedly led by an Afghan national who has also served in the Afghan National Army (ANA) as a commander. He currently is said to be hiding in Kurram Agency.
The report further stated that the terrorists have already been dispatched to carry out the planned attacks.
The interior ministry has alerted all provincial home departments, provincial police chiefs and provincial heads of other Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs), directing them to increase security across the country.
Security for journalists, media houses beefed
According to Journalism Pakistan, few media houses and television anchors have been provided with security after the TTP said it will target journalists and media houses perceived to be working against their extremist agenda.
Interior Minister Rehman Malik said additional police officers have been deployed to guard the offices of media organisations and policemen in plain clothes are assigned to protect anchorpersons.
TTP chief Hakimullah Mehsud has compiled a list of targets and directed the group’s fighters to launch attacks against national and international media outlets in the country, revealed an intelligence report. Several prominent journalists are on the list, it added.
Attack on Hafiz Saeed
The terrorists might have planned an attack on Hafiz Saeed, founder of the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), a circular issued by the NCMC revealed.
Targeting twin cities, K-P
Another threat alert stated that TTP terrorists are planning to carry out a terrorist attack on various targets in Islamabad and Rawalpindi. TTP operatives – Marchal and Karim Khan – have moved to Islamabad from Waziristan to execute their plans.
The report further revealed that a Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) group has planned to assault Inspector General of Police K-P and kidnap foreigners particularly American and French nationals from Rawalpindi and Islamabad.
The TTP Orakzai chapter is planning to target LEAs in Islamabad and Rawalpindi and surrounding areas shortly, the NCMC report added.
Tariq Geedar Group (TGG) of the TTP has planned to target Marriot Hotel in Islamabad, the interior ministry revealed.