Punjab govt warns of RAW plot to kill Nawaz

Published: October 18, 2015
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. PHOTO: AFP

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. PHOTO: AFP


Law enforcement authorities tightened the security of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and other high-profile personalities on Saturday in the wake of a provincial home department warning of an assassination plot by India’s Research & Analysis Wing (RAW).

In a chilling notice issued on October 9, the Punjab home department stated that RAW, in collusion with some banned organisations, could hit important political personalities, including Premier Nawaz.

Read: PM Nawaz narrowly escapes attack in Islamabad

The home department has directed the law enforcement agencies (LEAs) to strengthen security of the premier and Hafiz Saeed, who heads the banned Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) – both of whom, according to the government, are likely targets. Among other likely targets are high-profile personalities, some of whom are part of the present government.

In the wake of the security warning, all the LEAs are on high alert. The IG Office, CCPO, DIG Security, DIG Operations and other relevant sub-departments providing security to high-profile personalities have reviewed and reinforced their security plans for the premier in the federal capital of Islamabad, as well as the provincial capital of Lahore.

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Police and other law enforcement agencies have advised all the high-profile personalities to stay vigilant during public movement.

The claim that RAW could garner support from proscribed groups for its attacks has resulted in massive police crackdowns on regional offices of such outfits.

A senior police officer, on the condition of anonymity, said law enforcers had taken a number of measures to restrict the movement of banned organisations to limit the threat.

He said the security plan for Muharram as well as the route of important personalities had been revised in view of the fresh threat alert.

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PM’s Chief Security Officer Muhammad Zeeshan has been asked to improve the premier’s security and to be more vigilant, particularly at his residence in Jati Umrah town near Lahore.

After Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) chief Malik Ishaq was killed in a police encounter in Muzaffargarh on July 29, his militant group had announced that Ishaq’s killing would be avenged. Punjab Home Minister Col (retd) Shuja Khanzada was killed in a suicide attack on his political office in Shadi Khan near Attock on August 15. And police saw the LeJ’s involvement in the incident.

Law enforcement officials believe the LeJ would support RAW in carrying out specific targeted attacks on Nawaz and his younger brother, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif.

Neither Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah nor the Punjab home secretary was available for comment on the development.

Read: Workable solution: PM urges India to end proxy war in Pakistan

According to TV reports, however, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has confirmed RAW’s plan of targeting high-profile personalities in Pakistan, including the premier. Dar said Premier Nawaz would take up the issue with US President Barack Obama and discuss with him RAW’s involvement in Pakistan’s internal affairs.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 18th, 2015.

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Reader Comments (44)

  • Shiv Sainik
    Oct 18, 2015 - 10:33AM

    India is a terrorist sponsoring Hindu fundamentalist stateRecommend

  • Aschraful Makhlooq
    Oct 18, 2015 - 10:49AM

    “ISLAMABAD:Law enforcement authorities tightened the security of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and other high-profile personalities on Saturday in the wake of a provincial home department warning of an assassination plot by India’s Research & Analysis Wing (RAW).”
    This may be said that now PM Nawaz Sharif who has already remarkable security also has the strong reason to increase his personal security more on the poor nation’s taxed money and as far as Hafiz Saeed Ahmed is concerned then he is a brave and courageous man and is never afraid of any India’s conspiracies against him and he will not need any more security like PM Nawaz Sharif…Recommend

  • anon
    Oct 18, 2015 - 10:57AM

    Lol !!!!!Recommend

  • Dr. Shahid Masood
    Oct 18, 2015 - 11:01AM

    Was it a JOKE? So, 1990s politics is back, if you keep selecting the same PM thrice in the last 25 years, which no country did – ex. China, UK, US & India! Recommend

  • jawwad
    Oct 18, 2015 - 11:04AM

    good news coming soon …………….Recommend

  • Ahmed saeed
    Oct 18, 2015 - 11:31AM

    Mr Modi. It is a cowardly act. Very shamefull and disgusting. Recommend

  • troubled
    Oct 18, 2015 - 11:31AM

    This is why the world thinks we were harboring Osama. Provide security to hafiz saeed? Do we have no shame? The man is the devil.Recommend

  • Raj
    Oct 18, 2015 - 11:37AM

    Lol . India has nothing else better to do . What purpose would it serve ? He would just be replaced by yet another puppet Prime Minister .Most likely, the Boyz probably don’t like his polices. Hence, a plot to get rid of him and blame India. Not to mention, may as well keep President Obama engrossed with Ludlum like plots and deflect the from the scolding agenda Usa has in store for the forthcoming trip.Recommend

  • ABK Ind
    Oct 18, 2015 - 11:51AM

    Hope that Nawaz doesnt get Bhutto fate, its very easy to target Nawaz & then fix the blame on RAW.Recommend

  • shetty
    Oct 18, 2015 - 12:34PM


  • Oct 18, 2015 - 12:40PM

    Remember what was said before madam Bhutto was eliminated. It seems that Mr Sharif is being very politely advised to toe the Army line during his upcoming visit to America. Read what Mr Sartaz has advised USA. Concerns of Army regarding Nuclear restrictions, USA not withdrawing from Afghanistan and planning talks directly with Afghan Government and worry about USA bringing up the matter of Afghan Taliban’s is worrying the Army. Recommend

  • Braveheart
    Oct 18, 2015 - 12:58PM

    They will do directly as Imran khan and Qadri failled them and wasted their money…. They cant see Nawaz sharif and Raheel sharif any more,Recommend

  • observer
    Oct 18, 2015 - 12:59PM


    Is RAW spelled as ISI in Urdu?

    Or, may be the other way around.Recommend

  • Nasir
    Oct 18, 2015 - 1:00PM

    Sharif bratharan ko khathra….lolRecommend

  • Alien1
    Oct 18, 2015 - 1:43PM

    lolz, good joke….NS is so perfect as PM we want this dumbo to make pakistan more poor.Recommend

  • Oct 18, 2015 - 2:29PM

    Good,, ready to cooperate with raw to kill caroupt politicians of Pakistan.,,,,I believe loss of Pakistan done by nawaz league and zardari league through carouption Is more than war with Indian armyRecommend

  • An Indian
    Oct 18, 2015 - 2:31PM

    How silly can this get?

    We think Nawaz is our friend and we have a better chance of doing a peace deal with him. Why would we want to eliminate someone who we think is relatively agreeable to us? We would WANT him to stay alive.Recommend

  • Prada
    Oct 18, 2015 - 2:47PM

    Hehehe… REALLY??
    We all know Pak needs to evoke some sympathy before the US trip but this is ridiculous. The trick now for Pakistan is to stop trying too much. It is just one blunder after another and it doesn’t look very good.Recommend

  • Malatesh
    Oct 18, 2015 - 3:18PM

    If RAW is capable of doing this then they will kill LeT chief first and then Dawood… Why RAW will going kill political leaders like Nawaz? I think another big conspiracy to kill Nawaz and blame India.. Recommend

  • It's (still) Economy Stupid
    Oct 18, 2015 - 3:56PM

    The home department has directed the law enforcement agencies (LEAs) to strengthen security of the premier and Hafiz Saeed, who heads the banned Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) – both of whom, according to the government, are likely targets.**

    Humn! Sad day for Nawaz as his name is getting lumped with Hafiz in the same sentence. Why would they protect head of a banned organization until unless……?Recommend

  • vasan
    Oct 18, 2015 - 4:27PM

    Is it a joke. Today is not April 1.Recommend

  • francine
    Oct 18, 2015 - 4:29PM

    Forget Modi – wait till Trump gets to be Prez ……. then he wil get of the whole bunchRecommend

  • Salim Khan
    Oct 18, 2015 - 4:30PM

    There is no better Pakistan PM for India than Nawaz Sharif. So its a joke to say that RAW will ever harm this Pro-india PM. It looks like a conspiracy within Pakistan to kill Nawaz Sharif and blame it on India. If India were to be so powerful then it will focus on killing Hafeez Sayed. So this is the usual lies and covering for incompetancies of punjab police.Recommend

  • Andaleeb
    Oct 18, 2015 - 4:41PM

    Give 30-car protocol to Hafiz Saeed and Dawood Ibrahim too. RAW is after them. These people are national treasures !!Recommend

  • AD
    Oct 18, 2015 - 5:40PM

    And the reason is ……………..?????
    Kasam Khuda ki grow up Pakistan.Recommend

  • G. Din
    Oct 18, 2015 - 5:42PM

    Hafiz Sayeed and PM of Pakistan, at last together. How very appropriate!Recommend

  • Jibran
    Oct 18, 2015 - 6:07PM

    Another Justice Sharif Murder conspiracy!Recommend

    Oct 18, 2015 - 6:22PM

    Your intelligence reports on RAW in the matter of killing the PM of Pakistan should not be believed because Mr. Nawaz Sharif is not the enemy of India. He was the first Pakistani PM who had stoutly Kargil war and publicly admitted that Pakistani army chief had initiated Kargil without his permission. He had also good relation with our then PM, Mr. Vajpayee. Therefore, there is no reason for RAW to kill Mr. Sharif.


  • cautious
    Oct 18, 2015 - 6:42PM

    It’s like the State of Alaska warning the USA govt of a plot by KGB to kill Obama. Maybe Punjab has too much money/time on their hands?Recommend

  • Brar
    Oct 18, 2015 - 8:02PM

    Had India been so capable Bombay attack and Parliament attack would not have been happened, the report did not explain the motive behind killing the Pak PM did you mean an Indian will be made the PM in his place.Recommend

  • Chandra
    Oct 18, 2015 - 8:17PM

    What is the world’s best spy agency doing?Recommend

  • A_SE
    Oct 18, 2015 - 9:11PM

    Looting the poor people of Pakistan and seeking their help and support as well. Shame on NS ans so called super spy agency/.Recommend

  • Last Word
    Oct 18, 2015 - 10:04PM

    This may be partly true as wrong Sharif is named in the warning.Recommend

  • Last Word
    Oct 18, 2015 - 10:28PM

    Is Zaid Hamid appointed as chief advisor by Pak intelligence agencies ??Recommend

  • Last Word
    Oct 18, 2015 - 10:38PM

    Is Zaid Hamid appointed as Chief Advisor by the Pak intelligence agencies ??Recommend

  • farrukh
    Oct 18, 2015 - 10:38PM

    India would be doing Pak a favour by getting rid of this corrupt cancerous element. Recommend

  • Tom Mabe
    Oct 18, 2015 - 11:02PM

    Seems rather ISI is all set to kill him and thus creating a perception through media so that they can blame it on RAW afterwards.Recommend

  • TiffinBox
    Oct 18, 2015 - 11:56PM

    Nawaz Mia, the stage is set. You are about to be assassinated by the ISI and the Pakistani Punjab govt. have already narrowed down on RAW as a scapegoat. Mia, after Bhutto, it’s your turn now.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Oct 19, 2015 - 12:16AM

    Will they do it with …nihari or paya ?Recommend

  • salman
    Oct 19, 2015 - 1:09AM

    India just cannot see CPEC project and Operation Zarb -e- Azb getting successful. Hosting Balochi terrorist leaders in Dehli, having links with MQM getting proved and funding TTP via Afghanistan – is not a surprise that they might have sent their hitmen inside Pakistan or paid the local militants to their dirty job.Recommend

  • Gullu Badsha
    Oct 19, 2015 - 7:10AM

    What a waste of time and energy.Recommend

  • Zaida P
    Oct 19, 2015 - 7:18AM

    The wardiwallah is up to his old tricks again. NS should be careful if he knows what is good for him. He should refuse security from his old foes. He is better off using his own private security.Recommend

  • hari
    Oct 19, 2015 - 7:54AM

    Lol, they got the first name of Shereef wrong! Or may be right if the other is going to take over.Recommend

  • bharat
    Oct 19, 2015 - 1:41PM

    What about Baluchistan ?Recommend

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