ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Saturday revealed that police had foiled a plot to attack parliament during a presidential address and said a finance ministry official had been arrested.
"I commend the Islamabad police, they have foiled a plot to attack the parliament during the president's address to the joint session," Rehman Malik told reporters.
"Police has arrested a suspect and an official of the finance ministry involved in the plot."
President Asif Ali Zardari addressed the joint sitting of the federal parliament on March 17 amid tight security.
In October last year, police unearthed a major plot and seized a large quantity of arms and ammunition in a raid on a house in a suburb of the capital.
While reviewing the law and order situation, Malik took notice of the increase in car thefts in Islamabad and said that he noticed 16 SHOs who were never posted to any other station.
He said that out of these, any SHOs against whom complaints are found will be transferred, adding that new blood has to be introduced because they can use their vigor in working against criminals.