Security on high alert as 18 Taliban enter Punjab: Report

Published: August 31, 2012
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According to the interior ministry, senior civil and military officers may be targeted in attacks. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

According to the interior ministry, senior civil and military officers may be targeted in attacks. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

ISLAMABAD: Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan dispatched a group comprising 18 terrorists — young Pathans and Punjabis — to twin cities Rawalpindi and Islamabad to act against high profile military and civil officers, a report issued by national crisis management cell of the Ministry of Interior said.

The report was sent out to all home departments, Law Enforcement Agencies and Islamabad chief commissioner

They may resort to killing or abduction for subsequent bargain for their high profile prisoners, the contents of the report stated.

Suspected Afghan terrorists arrested from Wah

The report further stated that terrorists belonging to Bajur Agency had been tasked to carry out terrorist attack at Pakistan Ordinance Factory (POF), Wah  Cantt.

The terrorists were planning on entering via gate no. 1 of the factory, where Nobel Plastic Factory is located. An investigation has already been carried out.

It was earlier reported that police had arrested 51 suspects in search operations in different areas of Islamabad whereas three suspected Afghan terrorists were arrested from the Wah Cantt graveyard along with explosive materials and suicide belts.

According to police, a search operation was initiated in Wah Cantt graveyard the previous night upon a tip-off where the three suspects were arrested and 2.5kg explosives, two detonators, one hand grenade and two suicide belts were recovered.

Police say an investigation was initiated after registering a case and the suspects will be presented in a Rawalpindi anti-terrorism court (ATC) for obtaining remand.

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Reader Comments (26)

  • M
    Aug 31, 2012 - 2:36PM

    Kill em all. TTP are biggest enemies of Pakistan and Islam.Recommend

  • Hamiz
    Aug 31, 2012 - 2:47PM

    Those eyes! Shudders

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  • Zashid Hussain
    Aug 31, 2012 - 3:55PM

    @M:
    You can kill only if you can catch or detect them. But the fact is that they have supporters in every rank of the society. In a democratic order and in the absence of WILL also, you can expect noithing but further desaster. Wait and see these 18 Talibans’ performance…

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  • peace for all
    Aug 31, 2012 - 3:55PM

    great discovery as per usually.

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  • roma
    Aug 31, 2012 - 3:56PM

    would be grateful if someone informed could tell me how it is that they know that 18 have entered punjab but were not able to apprehend them ? most grateful for your informed information , thanks in advance .

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  • a&a
    Aug 31, 2012 - 4:17PM

    come on CJ!!! let them free as soon as earlier . . . .;-)

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  • Aug 31, 2012 - 4:23PM

    I don’t understand, when Taliban mark their attendance entering in any area of Pakistan, why can’t they capture them.

    everything is fishing ^_^

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  • afzal
    Aug 31, 2012 - 4:39PM

    i dont understand we support and kill terrorst…..we r so confused ….

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  • Aug 31, 2012 - 4:43PM

    They are Khwarij of this century, calling Taliban is misnomer more about them http://goo.gl/ssKm9

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  • Bilal
    Aug 31, 2012 - 5:00PM

    @roma & Hansome, I am no expert on how intelligence agencies work. But let me try to explain what I think. Agencies have moles/informers in enemy ranks. But these moles do not have access to all the information on enemy activities. Usually they are at some lower level.

    Take any corporation as an example. If a decision is made at highest level, only some partial info penetrates to lower ranks, or other departments. Exact details are known to relevant users only.

    So I guess, these moles are able to collect only high level information like such and such group is planning to strike at such and such place with in a month or so. Rest is up to offices in cities to prevent the attack.

    I hope you get my point.

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  • Injun
    Aug 31, 2012 - 5:44PM

    What do you mean by they are entering.they were always there!

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  • Aug 31, 2012 - 5:48PM

    these arrested may be poor labor as police want to wash away the kamra stigma pls don’t make us fool.

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  • Fantoos
    Aug 31, 2012 - 6:34PM

    Security on high alert as 18 Taliban enter Punjab: Report

    Punjab is more Talibanize than Taliban, They dont have to worry.
    I will be worried for Taliban( True Islamic Freedom Fighters).
    Give them more security and Protect Pakistans Prize Possession.

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  • ather khan
    Aug 31, 2012 - 6:46PM

    good job in intelligence sides, but with rahman baba as the internal security incharge, this country has a lots to fear.

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  • Hasan Mehmood
    Aug 31, 2012 - 7:23PM

    @Aftab Khan:
    Thanks a lot for the link. It should be widely circulated. Most of the good meaning / simple minded / pious Muslims being emotionally blackmailed to condone or support Taliban have no idea of the Takfiri ideology. I am sure more than 80% of our population will be potentially liable to be slaughtered if Taliban do take over. If that doesn’t scare them, nothing will.

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  • Wonderful
    Aug 31, 2012 - 10:37PM

    The Freedom Fighters are here to help.

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  • Bala
    Aug 31, 2012 - 11:29PM

    What? Terrorists have entered Punjab? That means they have entered Pakistan finally! Why aren’t the terrorists content with FATA, KP, Swat and Baluchistan…after all that was our peace deal with them!

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  • suraj
    Aug 31, 2012 - 11:39PM

    @Zashid Hussain:
    You absolutely right.. And, the even have back-end support from the illiterate moulvees too. That’s why they can easily slip into the sensitive areas posing as locals with the help of, again the illiterate folk..

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  • dpd
    Sep 2, 2012 - 2:55AM

    It is time to reflect and stratigise. By killing them, more harm will be done and it is against the tenets of ISLAM. By infiltrating them and arresting them, we will have some time. We have to get rid of the hatred that is been spewed in the madressas. We must only be teaching religion (ISLAM) in the madressas. We must teach our children .. TOLERANCE. It is not upto the teachers alone. We as parents also have to take resposibilities. Whenever these types of acts occurs, we go of onto a tangent and start spewing venom. Hatred begets hatred. Let us be a bit TOLERENT and fix the problems with a cool mind.

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  • Khalid Pathan
    Sep 2, 2012 - 5:27AM

    The Taliban consider the Punjab as their home, especially after the assurance delivered by no other person but Mr. Shabaz Shareef, the Chief Minister of Punjab, that they are not against them.

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  • T Shah
    Sep 4, 2012 - 1:27AM

    faces covered like criminals, mouths unwashed and unbrushed, smelling bad, bad hair, wild eyes, dirty broken chappals, dirty shalwars hiked up, filthy beards, unkempt and smelly people, only know how to destroy not create.

    These are the Jahill Shaitaan that are the enemies of islam and they consider themselves Taliban,

    From now on, no one should call them Taliban, they are Jahillan. That is the correct word for them.

    They are Jahill animals, no better than a savage hyena.

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  • T Shah
    Sep 4, 2012 - 1:28AM

    Why are we not rounding up all Afghans and sending them to camps or back to Afghanistan? Why are they free to roam our cities.

    They are friends with India and a friend of an enemy is an enemy.

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  • Hasan Mehmood
    Sep 4, 2012 - 9:22PM

    @T Shah:

    “faces covered like criminals, mouths unwashed and unbrushed, smelling bad, bad hair, wild eyes, dirty broken chappals, dirty shalwars hiked up, filthy beards, unkempt and smelly people, only know how to destroy not create”

    Excellent portrayal. Would like permission to use these terms in my future comments elsewhere.

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  • Sep 5, 2012 - 4:51PM

    @Hasan Mehmood:
    These types of remarks do not help easing the problems. What is needed (and has not been properly and seriously attempted) is to find root causes of their behaviors. You have to analyse the contibution of both teams of this nasty game. Please try (if you are able to) peep into filth (as it looks to them) in our society and system, and then also their over-reaction. Please try to see on what premise our country was created, and after more than six decades where do we stand today. Who and how the sacrifices are founded in its creation, and who are the ones today sucking the blood out of its fatigues body.

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  • Hasan Mehmood
    Sep 5, 2012 - 7:17PM

    @Zahid Hussain:
    {These types of remarks do not help easing the problems}
    These types of remarks may or may not ease the problem but are they wrong? If so please explain.

    {What is needed (and has not been properly and seriously attempted) is to find root causes of their behaviors}
    No debate with that. But its a bit late in the day having lost 40,000 civilians.Can be done as an academic exercise in parallel to their elimination. Just like Dengue fever. Treatment of infected patients, killing of mosquitoes and removal of breeding factors done simultaneously.

    {peep into filth} ……{Please try to see on what premise our country was created, and after more than six decades where do we stand today}

    Again no debate. Except that removal of filth and required social engineering will take at least a couple of decades. The civil society will be overrun by these half baked ideological barbarians well before that. All they need are a few years of lack of decisive action based on well meaning but confused thinking of people like you or covert support of Taliban apologists.

    As a side remark the type of reasons advanced by you for justifying religious militancy are similar used to justify Martial Law instead of democracy.

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  • Khwaja Aftab Shah
    Oct 1, 2012 - 6:30AM

    BHAKKAR- a gateway to Pakistan for Taliban. The people of BHAKKAR district have elected the present chief minister of Punjab and a prime minister of Pakistan in different elections. Although a goup of local leaders sponsored the occasion and personally benefited by this gesture but basically the people of Bhakkar elected these leaders in hope of a better future for Bhakkar. It’s requested to the President, prime minister of Pakistan and chief minister of Punjab to please consider upgrading Bhakkar as a divisional head quarter by appointing a commissioner to provide better governance, extra facilities and security in the area. There are news that religious violence and drug smuggling is increased in the area recently. Bhakkar is a gate way to the Punjab and Sind provinces for NWFP and Afghanistan. Bhakkar has been head quarters of divisional level organization of Thal Development Authority since 1952. TDA was abolish in 1971 on corruption charges against it’s high officials. Bhakkar is also a border district to Dera Ismail Khan and a capital city of Thal desert area-spread in six districts in Punjab. Thanking you, Khwaja Aftab Shah,Florida, U.S.A

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