Pak fears terror hit on Adiala jail

Rawalpindi jail: Is main target,26/11 mastermind Lakhvi lodged here

Written by Press Trust Of India | Islamabad | Published: September 5, 2012 12:24 am

Pakistan’s Interior Ministry has warned authorities that a group of Taliban militants plan to carry out attacks on targets in Islamabad and Rawalpindi,including the prison where Lashkar-e-Toiba members charged with involvement in the Mumbai attacks are being held.

A secret report circulated by the National Crisis Management Cell (NCMC) of the Interior Ministry contains “specific warnings of terror attacks” by around 16 members of the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan over the next two weeks,The Express Tribune quoted its sources as saying.

The report,sent to all provincial home departments,provincial and federal police departments and the Islamabad’s Commissioner,said Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi is likely to be the “main target” of the militants who intend to “free their accomplices in a prison break”.

LeT operational commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi,one of the masterminds of the 2008 Mumbai attack,and six others charged with involvement in the 26/11 terror strike are currently being held at Adiala Jail.

Western and Indian intelligence sources had earlier confirmed that Lakhvi was in touch with LeT operatives through mobile phones.

The Taliban militants,who are currently residing in Punjab province,are expected to target government installations and attempt kidnapping high-profile people in Islamabad and Rawalpindi,The Express Tribune reported. A separate intelligence report said another group of terrorists was planning to target Pearl Continental Hotel,Chaklala Airbase and the Benazir Bhutto International Airport.

Information received through intelligence sources suggested that Anisur Rehman alias Pir Farooq,a Pakistani Taliban commander,has planned a series of targeted attacks on Pakistan Army. Yet another report revealed that two Afghan-based Taliban commanders — Shakar and Kufar Kush — were planning to mount terror attacks Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. The NCMC also said that Chinese diplomats and engineers,working on projects in Pakistan,were prime targets.

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