Terror alert across Pakistan

Published: October 16, 2012
Ministry warns of attacks planned by TTP local factions. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Ministry warns of attacks planned by TTP local factions. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

LAHORE: The Interior Ministry, acting on information provided in intelligence reports, has declared high alert across the country on Tuesday.

Local factions of the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) have planned on attacking various targets in the country, the National Crisis Management Cell (NCMC) of the Interior ministry warned.

The information revealed that around 15 terrorists have entered Pakistan with the intent to attack Pakistan Ordinance Factory (POF), security check posts, government schools, colleges and sensitive installations.

This group of terrorists is reportedly led by an Afghan national who has also served in the Afghan National Army (ANA) as a commander. He currently is said to be hiding in Kurram Agency.

The report further stated that the terrorists have already been dispatched to carry out the planned attacks.

The interior ministry has alerted all provincial home departments, provincial police chiefs and provincial heads of other Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs), directing them to increase security across the country.

Security for journalists, media houses beefed

According to Journalism Pakistan, few media houses and television anchors have been provided with security after the TTP said it will target journalists and media houses perceived to be working against their extremist agenda.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik said additional police officers have been deployed to guard the offices of media organisations and policemen in plain clothes are assigned to protect anchorpersons.

TTP chief Hakimullah Mehsud has compiled a list of targets and directed the group’s fighters to launch attacks against national and international media outlets in the country, revealed an intelligence report. Several prominent journalists are on the list, it added.

Attack on Hafiz Saeed

The terrorists might have planned an attack on Hafiz Saeed, founder of the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), a circular issued by the NCMC revealed.

Targeting twin cities, K-P

Another threat alert stated that TTP terrorists are planning to carry out a terrorist attack on various targets in Islamabad and Rawalpindi. TTP operatives – Marchal and Karim Khan – have moved to Islamabad from Waziristan to execute their plans.

The report further revealed that a Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) group has planned to assault Inspector General of Police K-P and kidnap foreigners particularly American and French nationals from Rawalpindi and Islamabad.

The TTP Orakzai chapter is planning to target LEAs in Islamabad and Rawalpindi and surrounding areas shortly, the NCMC report added.

Tariq Geedar Group (TGG) of the TTP has planned to target Marriot Hotel in Islamabad, the interior ministry revealed.


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  • Thinker
    Oct 16, 2012 - 3:59PM

    Why would Taliban pass Pershawer ,Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore and attack Sindh?


  • Oct 16, 2012 - 5:28PM

    @ thinker ! Because taliban are already have bases in Karachi. You may remember taliban kicked out awami national party (anp) from traditional pakhtoon areas of Karachi, so please open your eyes.



  • Jibran
    Oct 16, 2012 - 6:08PM

    Crush these butchers!


  • Ali
    Oct 16, 2012 - 6:09PM

    Because they want to show they can get anywhere…


  • Enlightened
    Oct 16, 2012 - 6:12PM

    The interior ministry and law enforcing machinery can relax after issue of this warning as people are now themselves responsible for their own safety as the state is totally helpless as well as incapable to stop these suicide attacks or provide protection its people.


  • Zohaib
    Oct 16, 2012 - 6:32PM

    so they are coming again. great now MR khan must be planning a concession on attacking half of the sindh and give discounts by leaving half of it till his next march huh.
    These barbaric groups must be flushed asap with all means of war. pak military must put all their resources to combat them and there should me no peace treaty with such a group ever.


  • dalwala
    Oct 16, 2012 - 7:06PM

    Big task for just 15 terrorists, first they attack POF then they go and attack government schools then colleges and then sensitive installations and then kidnap some Americans and French nationals, wow,these must be supper terrorists. Is this guy really sane?


  • Haseeb
    Oct 16, 2012 - 7:10PM

    They are attacking POF which is located in Wah, near Taxilla, close to Islmabad and about hour and half drive from Peshawar.


  • MAK
    Oct 16, 2012 - 7:13PM

    Brace yourself Talibans are coming!!!!!!!!!!!!


  • Oct 16, 2012 - 7:13PM



  • Oct 16, 2012 - 7:14PM

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  • Farhan
    Oct 16, 2012 - 7:18PM

    @Thinker: Let’s ask them :)


  • Oct 16, 2012 - 7:23PM

    Brace yourself ,Talibans are coming!!!


  • Zaara
    Oct 16, 2012 - 7:23PM

    Dear Rehman malik n Co …..u know alot about talibaan :) but cant control them …seriously stop it Recommend

  • Oct 16, 2012 - 7:58PM

    The TTP have already killed thousands of innocent Pakistanis and they have plans to kill and injure more. They see this as a way to disrupt peace efforts in the region and spread fear and chaos. These terrorists cannot be allowed to deter us from seeing security, stability and prosperity in the region. We will continue to work closely with the Pakistani government to achieve these objectives.


  • Noman Ansari
    Oct 16, 2012 - 8:03PM

    Fifteen? Sounds like a world cup cricket team. I wonder if they came with a terror coach.


  • raj
    Oct 16, 2012 - 8:05PM

    “The terrorists might have planned an attack on Hafiz Saeed, founder of the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) Hafiz Saeed, a circular issued by the NCMC revealed.”…………….. ……………………for the first time,i am on taliban’s side…………………


  • Muhammad Yaqub
    Oct 16, 2012 - 8:26PM

    USCentcom. Can you guys just leave this region alone please. You created these mosters in the first place remember??


  • Irshad Khan
    Oct 16, 2012 - 8:38PM

    Now wolfs (BHERIYE) are shifting towards cities, from their caves, to destroy civilised societies. Whole country should be combed and these BHERIYAS should be wiped out, alonwith their supporters.


  • Hassan
    Oct 16, 2012 - 9:06PM

    Does anyone feel the international matches being held at karachi this week has anything to do with it ???


  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Oct 16, 2012 - 9:40PM

    Start operation at all front simultaniously without any further delay .


  • True Muslim Paki (An Insafian)
    Oct 16, 2012 - 9:45PM

    I just dont understand this.. Why would Taliban attack Hafeez Saeed? Its beyond logic.. and hence the report is fake.


  • Butt
    Oct 16, 2012 - 9:52PM

    This is all thanks to Pakistanis who have been blaming CIA/RAW/MOSSAD with their eyes closed.


  • Oct 16, 2012 - 10:00PM

    We are muslims and have been arrested by this percetoption that muslim shouldn’t stand against other .Muslims having arms in hand should move shoulder by shoulder,but past experience shows the other way.
    We had faced ,have been facing perhaps will have to face sever attrocoties of those have been involved insurgency ,terrorists and deaths of poor innocent people.

    Now the situation is getting beyond our conrol.We as a nation getting out our pacient .No further attrocities can be tolerated

    Time has come,we should stand against all the enemies of our homeland.We should defeate them in every field of life.

    Islamic Republic Of Pakistan,it is our basic duty to defend it at every cost .We have keep it alive provide security our citizen forever,shouldn’t work for anyother’s interests.

    It is dire need of the time,it is essential has become indispensable be provided militay training to every citizen for upcoming circumstances which looks not favorable.


  • Usman
    Oct 16, 2012 - 10:43PM

    Look at these diseased, coward and weaklings. These people call themselves warriors of God. They wouldn’t even realize what happened to them and a drone takes them out. All they are capable of is fight in most cowardly ways, attack children and use humans as shields to commit most heinous sins. Shows a person the consequences of staying in the dark ages when its 21st century out there.


  • John
    Oct 16, 2012 - 11:32PM

    As is the norm…Only “itlaa” and no action on ground to circumvent or try to prevent such attacks. And when the attack happens the infamous one liner…”mene to pehlay hi bata diya tha”.Recommend

  • Saleem
    Oct 16, 2012 - 11:53PM

    Fifteen terrorists sending a nuclear power into panic. Shame of the government and shame on all security agencies. You all are good for nothing.


  • Oct 17, 2012 - 12:20AM

    They are stubborn.
    stand by the whole nation.
    time is coming,will have root out insurgency from the country.Recommend

  • Lofty
    Oct 17, 2012 - 12:46AM

    I see that the resolve to attack the Taliban is wavering. Because we don’t know what’s good for us. Let’s see how many more atrocities the Taliban commit without there being a response from this spineless nation. The Taliban must be laughing in their beards.


  • Lofty
    Oct 17, 2012 - 12:50AM

    Oh and if they’re going to take out Hafees Saeed then at least some good will come from this,


  • Umber
    Oct 17, 2012 - 12:57AM

    Please no drones. We need carpet bombing.


  • LionOfPunjab
    Oct 17, 2012 - 1:36AM

    “…The terrorists might have planned an attack on Hafiz Saeed, founder of the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), a circular issued by the NCMC revealed…”

    That’s a win win situation..let TTP and JuD/LeT fight it out amongst themselves and finish each other.


  • LionOfPunjab
    Oct 17, 2012 - 1:38AM

    We should send Imran Khan to negotiate with them and lay down their arms..urr…suicide waist!


  • Rana Umair
    Oct 17, 2012 - 1:55AM

    “The information revealed that around 15 terrorists have entered Pakistan with the intent to attack Pakistan Ordinance Factory (POF), security check posts, government schools, colleges and sensitive installations.”

    I think you meant to write “Ordnance” and not “ordinance”. Ordinance is a government decree whereas ORDNANCE is the group/factory/department that makes artillery and guns etc.


  • Agha
    Oct 17, 2012 - 2:42AM

    ignorance leads to hatred and hate leads to madness. at such state there is no negotiation… a silent bullet is enough. Alas, we don’t have any true leader to entangle us …. youth of Pakistan save our country nothing gonna fall from heaven.


  • Rationale
    Oct 17, 2012 - 3:38AM

    Does anyone smell the plot has been conceived by US ?… See they might attack Hafiz Saeed. :)
    I’m not in support of Hafiz Saeed but killing him would only benefit US / India … Every single move of these talibans provide their stronger than ever links with United States … Aik teer say kaee shikar ! Wah Ray Amreeka Bahadur


  • Ilyad
    Oct 17, 2012 - 4:54AM

    Can we request Mr. Imran Khan to use his good influences with his friends to save innocent people and the country?


  • Oct 17, 2012 - 7:31AM

    @US Centcom:
    @MAK: Gentlemen, let them come. Our forefathers and fathers sacrificed their lives and families for Pakistan and achieved it.
    It has sadly strayed off the correct navigation course set by the indomitable M A Jinnah. No problem, nothing is lost only our thinking and sense of direction. This is largely due to our political leaders with large landholdings, bureaucrats and the evermore-ubiquitous mullah.
    The Afghan Taliban is a recent phenomenon of thirty years or so, but the TTP and like-minded groups are recent offshoots of the same destructive belief of their sponsors or of their own making, (the geography of the area plays a large part).
    Pakistanis have taken the good with the bad; more so bad, for a long time and it is this defining moment for us to either solidify the frontiers, economy and internal working systems of the State or fall flat on our backs and surrender meekly.
    That is not possible for me. Let them come. Salams to Pakistan


  • What!?
    Oct 17, 2012 - 7:35AM

    And PML -N still moving against a NWA operation!! Why?!


  • Hassan
    Oct 17, 2012 - 9:11AM

    You only see what your media wants you to see.


  • Sundus
    Oct 17, 2012 - 9:15AM

    such a joke. they are aware that 15 terrorists have ‘entered’ but did nothing to stop them? just like the attacks on the PAF base – they knew it would happen, but did nothing about it.


  • Vijay K
    Oct 17, 2012 - 9:32AM

    Weren’t they your heroes when you sent them to kill women and children in Kashmir? So what happened then? It is all very amusing and I’m loving the mayhem they are making for you now.


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  • Maher
    Oct 17, 2012 - 10:28AM

    So should we expect another Eid with mobile services off ?Recommend

  • Oct 17, 2012 - 11:03AM

    For the first time, I agree with what Taliban are doing. Killing people like Hafiz Saeed. Who says there is no Karma!

    Saeed wanted Indians to tremble in fear, now who is the one trembling?


  • Sidewinder
    Oct 17, 2012 - 11:29AM

    @Rana Umair
    Taliban respect neither Pakistani ”ORDNANCE” nor ”ORDINANCE”…so both are in danger…


  • Pakistani
    Oct 17, 2012 - 11:42AM

    Imran Khan has offered a peace formula, if govt is interested in bringing peace to the country should follow Imran peace formula. But peace in Karachi is still a matter that need a military operation


  • Gratgy
    Oct 17, 2012 - 11:50AM

    This group of terrorists is reportedly led by an Afghan national who has also served in the Afghan National Army (ANA) as a commander

    Pakistan is trying to portray TTP as Afghanistan based and supported by Afghan army. Rehman Malik is also trying to show Hafiz Sayeed is a victim of terrorism hence he should not be blamed for 26/11. This is just propaganda.

    Now everytime India asks for Hafiz Sayeed, Pakistan will say the poor chap is innocent since he is also a victim of terrorism and in fact he has made sacrifices to fight terror.

    Haven’t we heard this before each time US asks pakistan to do its bit to fight terror the standard reply is that “Pakistan itself is a victim of terrorism and has made immense sacrifices”

    Well Tried Rehman Malik!


  • Indian Wisdom
    Oct 17, 2012 - 12:01PM

    “The information revealed that around 15 terrorists have entered Pakistan with the intent to attack ”
    Getting taste of their own medicine. In not so distant past we used to read similar stories in our newspapers, only difference being terrorists entered from Pakistan and not Afghanistan….

    “The information revealed that around 15 terrorists have entered from Pakistan with the intent to attack”


  • Oct 17, 2012 - 7:36PM

    Dear Rationale,

    Terrorist organizations like the TTP pose as much of a threat to the U.S. as they do to Pakistan. This is what the Taliban spokesman, Ahsanullah Ahsan, said after the attack on the U.S. convoy in Peshawar last year: “The diplomatic staff of all Nato countries are our targets. We will continue such attacks. Pakistan is our first target, and America is our second.”
    We are fighting a common war. We share a common wish to see peace prevail throughout the region. These terrorists obviously see our nations as a common threat to their evil mission. We must stand together and combine our strength for the sake of achieving our common objectives.


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