LAHORE: Intelligence agencies have warned that Pakistan may face a sharp rise in terrorism cases in the wake of the killing of al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden.
The National Crisis Management Cell of the interior ministry issued the warning to the police and law enforcement agencies after receiving credible intelligence that militants may plan ‘revenge’ attacks in Pakistan, targeting US diplomatic missions and Americans in the country, in addition to important civilian and military government installations.
Law enforcement agencies have been put on an elevated state of alert and told to be vigilant against any threats. Intelligence officials say that prominent politicians, civil servants and military officials may also be under threat.
Intelligence agencies have warned US diplomats and other Americans in the country to limit their movements and not go anywhere without informing law enforcement officials. Police and paramilitary troop presence has been stepped up at the US embassy in Islamabad as well as US consulates across the country. The arrangements have been made for an indefinite period of time.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 3rd, 2011.
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