|Police arrest 43 'terrorists'|
|Police claim to have arrested at least 43 suspected terrorists from various parts of the province as part of a countrywide crackdown against militants. On Wednesday, officials revealed they had arrested 25 suspected Taliban from Islamabad, some of who were plotting attacks on foreign targets. |
Most wanted: "We have arrested 25 Taliban and recovered suicide jackets from them. Six of the men arrested had been on the most wanted list," Islamabad police chief Kaleem Imam said. "These terrorists, who hailed from Swat and Waziristan, were planning sabotage activities in Karachi, Lahore and other big cities," he added. "Their targets mostly were law enforcement agencies, vital installations and foreign dignitaries," the police chief said.
Confirming the threat, the Swedish Foreign Ministry has claimed that one of the men arrested had told investigators he had been preparing for attacks on embassies, including the Swedish mission.
Also on Wednesday, Punjab Inspector General Tariq Saleem Dogar told a top-level meeting in Lahore that the 18 terrorists had been arrested in from Punjab and suicide jackets recovered over the past month and a half.
The meeting discussed means to improve counter terrorism measures being taken in Punjab. It was told of the integrated and intensive strategy being implemented to combat terrorism, which had led to the arrest of 18 terrorists and suicide bombers over the last month-and-a-half. The meeting was told that Shahbaz Ali Khalid alias Abdullah, Shujat Ali alias Tikka, Muhammad Akhtar Naeem alias Shah Jee, Said Ahmad alias Mujahid and Qari Muhammad Arshad were planning to commit terrorist acts, while Qari Asim, Muhammad Zubair, Rizwan Mehmood, Rizwan Abdul Qadir, Qari Sanaullah, Hijratullah alias Shakirullah alias Pattanga alias Sher Khan, Muhammad Zubair alias Naik Muhamad, Malik Naeem Haider alias Waqas alias Vikki alias Haji, Ghulam Mustafa Qaisrani, Qari Muhammad Ismaeel, Saleem Zaman, Abdul Hayee, Abdullah alias Ghazali were wanted by the Punjab Police for their involvement in the Rawalpindi Peer Wadhai bombing; the Police Training School attack in Manawan, the attack on Mianwali Checkpost, Sri Lankan Cricket Team attack and the suicide attack on a mourners' procession in DG Khan.
Alias Vikki? Good Gawd. I hope it's not Vicky, possessor of the Bosom of Desire. I don't think I could take that. But it's probably not. That was a long time ago, in a convertible far away...
|Pakistan makes arrests in mosque blast case|
|[Iran Press TV Latest] Pakistani security forces have arrested two suspects in connection with a bomb explosion at Chakwal Mosque in which 30 Shias were killed. |
Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Dera Ghazi Khan Mubarak Athar Monday told reporters that police have detained Qari Mohammed Ismail and Ghulam Mustafa Qaisrani, who allegedly assisted the bomber in reaching the mosque.
They had recently shifted from South Waziristan Agency to Chakwal to carry out the attack, Athar said, adding that police have recovered some videos from their custody showing they wanted to carry out more attacks.
Athar added that both of the suspects are member of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Baitullah Mehsud group, a Press TV correspondent reported.
On Sunday, a suicide bomber blew him self up during a religious Shia gathering in Chakwal -- some 90 km southeast of Islamabad in Punjab province, killing at least 30 people wounded hundreds others.
Interior Ministry Chief Rehman Malik said that the attackers in such incidents are usually indigent Pakistani nationals who are paid PKR 500,000 Pakistani rupees - around USD 6,000.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani called on provincial officials to meet on Monday and devise a strategy to restore law and order in the region.
The meeting is called at a time when the terror activities are on rise in the country. "Prime Minister wants to streamline the existing mechanism so that all the resources can be used to root out terrorism and militancy," an official told media.