In a sensational disclosure, a top Pakistani police officer has said Al Qaeda and Taliban terrorists were present in every town and city of Pakistan and had plans to destabilise the Middle East to use the region as a “launch pad” against the US and Europe.
The police chief of North West Frontier Province, Malik Navid, has told a Standing Committee of the Pakistan National Assembly that the two outfits “planned to carry out terrorist attacks similar to the September 11, 2001, strike on the US and European targets.
“The terrorists and extremists were spreading across Pakistan and they had plans to destabilise the Middle East so that it could be used as a launch pad against the US and Europe,” Navid was quoted by Pakistani newspaper ‘Daily Times´.
The Taliban are “present in every city and town” in Pakistan, “active in some places and dormant in others”, he said, adding that they are moving towards southern Punjab “with the intention of reaching Karachi”.
Maintaining that the “porous” nature of the 1,000 km long border with Afghanistan was the prime reason for large number of weapons coming into Pakistan’s tribal areas, the police chief said “the Taliban were trying to turn the tribal areas into Islamic Emirates of Waziristan”.