Terror alert sounded across Pakistan

Last Updated: Wed, Oct 17, 2012 11:20 hrs

Acting on information provided by intelligence reports, Pakistan's Interior Ministry has declared a high alert across the country.

According to the National Crisis Management Cell (NCMC) of the Interior Ministry, local factions of the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) are planning to attack various locations in the country, reports The Express Tribune.

The reports said that around 15 terrorists, reportedly led by a former commander of the Afghan National Army, have entered Pakistan with the intent to attack Pakistan Ordinance Factory (POF), security check posts, government schools, colleges and sensitive installations.

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.

A few media houses and television anchors have also 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 the intelligence report.

The terrorists are also planning an attack on 'terror mastermind' Hafiz Saeed, founder of the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), the intelligence report said. (ANI)

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