In an attempt to mount pressure on the government to release Osama bin Laden’s family from custody, the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) allegedly plans to kidnap high-ranking civil and armed officials from all over the country, it has been learnt.
According to official sources, the interior ministry has advised all government departments and officials of law enforcement agencies to stay vigilant.
“Such an incident can take place in Islamabad and provincial capital cities; therefore, strict security measures are needed,” stated a circular issued by the Crisis Management Cell of the interior ministry.
Bin Laden’s family members have been in custody of the Pakistani government since the May 2 raid, which killed the al Qaeda chief. The government has refused to repatriate the family due to ongoing investigations by the Abbottabad judicial commission.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 7th, 2011.
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