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Army roped in ultras during HQ attack

world Updated: Oct 16, 2009 23:12 IST

The Pakistani military had roped in several top militant leaders, including one currently in jail, to negotiate with terrorists who had held dozens of hostages after an attack on the Army headquarters last week, a media report said on Friday.

The leaders of banned militant groups were flown to Rawalpindi on special flights from Lahore, Bahawalpur and Rahimyar Khan shortly after the terrorists took over the building following a failed attempt to storm the General Headquarters on October 10.

Among the militant leaders who were brought in to negotiate were Malik Ishaq, a jailed leader of the Sipah-e-Sahaba, Mufti Abdul Rauf, the brother of Jaish-e-Mohammed leader Masood Azhar, Sipah-e-Sahaba chief Mohammad Ahmad Ludhianvi and Fazlur Rehman Khalil of the Jamiat-ul-Ansar, The News daily quoted its sources as saying.

Terror attack foiled

Police in the Islamabad claimed to have foiled a possible terrorist attack by arresting two men with suicide jackets, grenades and pistols, hours after a series of audacious assaults in Lahore.

The two suspected terrorists were arrested on the outskirts of Islamabad last on Thursday night while they were trying to sneak into the city on motorcycles.