(This article is courtesy of the Pakistan Observer News Paper)
Parliament, Bilawal House, CM and Governor Houses on hit list
Islamabad—Intelligence agencies on Saturday issued terror alerts in Islamabad and Karachi after receiving threat calls.
The agencies received four calls regarding possible bomb blasts at various places in Islamabad including hotels and area near Parliament House after which police personnel launched a search operation.
They have identified the caller.
The local administration has tightened security at main places and declared adjoining areas of Parliament House as clear after conducting search.
The officers said that no suspicious material has been found during operation while the caller has been traced and will be soon captured.
On the other hand, another red alert was issued in Karachi in the wake of security threats.
According to intelligence agencies, the terrorists may strike in the next two to three days in the Sindh capital.
Sources said that according to formal notification issued by the intelligence agencies, the terrorists may use water tankers filled with explosive material to target important places including Bilawal House, Governor and Chief Minister Houses, Headquarters of CPO/Rangers Headquarters, Law-enforcement agencies offices, diplomatic missions, prayers congregation, Imambargahs, Ismaili Jamat Khana and Churches.
The notification calls for a red alert to be sent to field staff and stringent checking measures should be adopted to keep any suspicious activity in the city under check.
Sources said that security has been tightened at all important points especially identified by the notification to avert any untoward incident.
Besides, they said that raids are being carried out in different localities of Karachi to foil any terror bid.
The reports come just days after Pakistan Army launched the much-awaited targeted operation against banned outfits in Southern Punjab following a deadly attack in Lahore’s Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park last month.
The operation is being carried out by civil and military law-enforcement agencies, including Rangers, Police and Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) against hardened criminal and ferraris.
The sources said that law and order situation has witnessed marked improvement in Karachi and acts of crimes have reduced significantly since the launch of Rangers operation back in September 2013 on the order of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
They, however, said that still certain elements, backed by foreign agencies, are operating in the city to pollute and disturb the overall situation.
They said that coordination amongst security and law-enforcement agencies have been enhanced in order to foil their sordid designs.
According to Rangers’ two-year performance report, 10,353 suspects have been arrested in 5,795 raids since the launch of operation in Karachi. The detainees include 826 terrorists, 334 target killers and 296 extortionists.
The Rangers said 364 terrorists associated with various banned organizations including al Qaeda, factions of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi were killed in gunfights with the force.
Meanwhile, 7,312 weapons and 348,978 cartridges were seized in two years. Twenty-seven Rangers soldiers have lost their lives in the same period.
The city police have killed more than 500 suspected terrorists and criminals and arrested over 70,000.
Since the launch of the operation, 250 policemen have lost their lives in the line of duty.