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Taliban plans to storm Musharraf's farmhouse: report
PTI
Islamabad, July 31, 2013
First Published: 16:20 IST(31/7/2013)
Last Updated: 16:24 IST(31/7/2013)

After successfully pulling off a daring attack on a high-security prison in northwest Pakistan, banned militant outfits have planned to attack former president Pervez Musharraf's farmhouse in Islamabad, a media report said on Wednesday.

Musharraf, who is an accused in multiple criminal cases, is being held up at his Chak Shahzad farmhouse, which was declared a sub-jail on April 20.

Information gathered by intelligence agencies pointed at a possible attack by militants belonging to the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan, The Express Tribune of Pakistan said, quoting intelligence sources.

In the light of these recent threats, security agencies have issued warnings to all the relevant departments.

According to the alert, the attackers might disguise themselves as security officers.

TTP had earlier issued threats to assassinate the 69-year-old former dictator, calling him the "Satan".

Musharraf went to the top of the Taliban hit list after ordering the army in 2007 to storm Lal Masjid in Islamabad. The operation left more than 100 people dead and opened the floodgates to attacks in Pakistan.

He had escaped three assassination attempts when in office from 1999 to 2008, a target of extremists because of his alliance in the US-led "war on terror" and attempts to clamp down on militants.

Heavily-armed Taliban terrorists, donning police uniforms, had on Tuesday night stormed a high-security prison in northwest Pakistan, freeing nearly 250 prisoners, many of them hard-core militants, and killing 14 people including six Shia inmates.


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