A confidential report claims that the infamous Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) is planning more terrorist activities in the country’s major cities – Islamabad, Lahore, Multan, Peshawar and Bannu.
The decision was taken at a secret meeting presided by TTP commander Qari Shafiullah Moavia.
According to the report, the TTP plans on kidnapping serving and retired officers and American citizens to collect finances, as well as to negotiate the release of their accomplices in jails or in the custody of intelligence agencies.
The report has been forwarded to all provincial home departments, provincial police chiefs, provincial heads of other law enforcement agencies, Islamabad chief commissioner and the Islamabad police chief by the National Crisis Management Cell (NCMC) of the interior ministry, The Express Tribune has learnt.
According to confidential information, Qari Moavia has assigned the task to Nauman Moavia. The meeting also devised a strategy for terrorist activities for a period of two months, the report added.
The TTP also allowed its leaders and activists to rob banks and jewelry shops, in order to gather funds for the purchase of transport, arms and ammunition.
After receiving the intelligence report, the NCMC directed law enforcement agencies to adopt possible security arrangements and ensure fool-proof security to avoid any untoward incident.
Furthermore, security has been put on high alert across the country.
Another circular issued by the NCMC stated that “the ministry of interior has expressed concern over a visible increase in activities of banned outfits in various parts of the country”.
These defunct organisations have been found involved in instigating people against government by organising conferences, polarising society and precipitating unrest and law and order situation.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 23rd, 2012.
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