Security beefed up in response to terror threat


RAWALPINDI: Recent intelligence reports have raised concerns about potential terrorist threats and acts of sabotage in the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. Various terrorist groups, including the prohibited Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and their affiliates, are deemed as significant threats to the security of the twin cities, Express Tribune reported on Thursday.

In response to this alarming information, law enforcement agencies and the police have been directed to fortify security measures to thwart any potential threats. Intelligence reports suggest that approximately 17 terrorists, spread across four different groups, have been assigned specific tasks.

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The Regional Police Officer of Rawalpindi, Syed Khurram Ali, has issued a communiqué to district police chiefs in the region, including City Police Officer (CPO) Khalid Hamdani. The letter, titled “Special and Specific Information Report Regarding Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Attock, Mianwali, Dera Ghazi Khan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, and Balochistan,” outlines the heightened security concerns.

Citing reliable sources, the letter indicates that the senior leadership of TTP convened in Kabul, planning terrorist activities within Pakistan in January, with a focus on the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.

A potential arsenal of 15 suicide bombers is reportedly available for use in acts of terrorism and suicide attacks. The TTP has allegedly received financial support from Tehreek-e-Taliban Afghanistan (TTA). A group of 10 to 12 militants, led by TTP Commander Salman alias Siddique, is said to be concealed in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa region of Zangli Badbhir, armed with hand grenades, rocket launchers, and night vision goggles. Another group is believed to be situated in the Hassan Khel region of Peshawar, capable of conducting terrorist attacks in the Attock district.

The letter also highlights the intentions of the Dawood Batani group, active in DI Khan, to target law enforcement agencies, their officers, and personnel in the border districts of Punjab. This group, under the command of two commanders, Ahmed Baloch and Mashal, has been tasked with specific objectives.

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Furthermore, correspondence indicates that Baloch sub-nationalists are planning to target their community, as well as the police and law enforcement agencies in Rawalpindi and Islamabad. Trained in Afghanistan, a group of five fighters has been assigned specific targets.

There are also reports of a propaganda campaign against the state and its institutions, allegedly orchestrated with the assistance of foreign intelligence agencies, particularly India’s RAW, aiming to disrupt peace in the country.

In response to these threat alerts, the Rawalpindi Regional Police Officer has issued orders for foolproof security to prevent untoward incidents. Security measures have been intensified across the Rawalpindi division in light of the heightened threat alerts.

A senior police official confirmed that security at all sensitive locations has been bolstered, with active monitoring of all entry and exit points in the garrison city and district.

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