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Pak braces for terror strike on Eid

world Updated: Aug 11, 2012 02:13 IST

The Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) is reportedly planning to attack the Pakistan Air Force Base (PAF) and other military and security establishments in Lahore before Eid, intelligence reports have revealed.

The reports stated that at least two TTP outfits had made arrangements for attacks to avenge the killing of an alleged TTP leader, Ghaffar Qaiserani alias Saifullah, in a police encounter at Dera Ghazi Khan on August 1, The Express Tribune reported.

According to one report, members of the Qari Yasin Group, based in Miranshah, were planning to attack the PAF base and installations near the PAF market on August 21 or 22.

Another stated that a team led by Qari Aslam alias Ustad of the Moavia Group, also based in Miranshah, was also planning terrorist attacks towards the end of Ramazan.

Their main target was the PAF base, and other security establishments like the offices of the Inter Service Intelligence (ISI), Military Intelligence (MI), and the Intelligence Bureau.

The group had also selected targets for assassinations and kidnapping in the Punjab as well, it added.

Another report revealed a plot to blow up an oil tanker in the NATO supply routes. It stated that an IED had been found on an oil tanker at Taheemabad on the Layyah-Kot Addu Road, in the jurisdiction of Kot Sultan police station, on August 7.

The driver noticed the device placed above the tyres and alerted local authorities. Police and civil defence officials defused the device before it could explode.

US cautions its citizens in Pakistan

US has asked its citizens in Pakistan to be careful during the upcoming Independence Day and Eid-ul-Fitr festival. A message posted on the US Embassy website in Islamabad said, “Terrorists may take advantage of the upcoming Pakistan Independence Day and Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations to initiate attacks.” The embassy asked its personnel and citizens to avoid markets and unnecessary travel during the celebrations.