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Taliban planned to target Pak PM

The Pakistani Taliban planned to target Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani as well as several other dignitaries and despatched 50 suicide bombers to carry out attacks to avenge the ongoing military offensive against them, according to an intelligence report.

world Updated: Aug 22, 2009 21:54 IST

The Pakistani Taliban planned to target Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani as well as several other dignitaries and despatched 50 suicide bombers to carry out attacks to avenge the ongoing military offensive against them, according to an intelligence report.

Among the others on the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) radar was Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif,

Intelligence sources informed the law enforcement agencies that the TTP had started reorganising despite the ongoing military operations in the Malakand division of the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) and the North and South Waziristan areas, Geo TV said today citing a media report.

The Taliban sent 50 suicide bombers to Punjab and the NWFP to avenge the military operations and to put pressure on the government to release the militants arrested by the security forces, the sources said.

They said militants might target Gilani and Sharif in the guise of law enforcement agency personnel, after which the security of both leaders had been enhanced.

The army claims it has killed more than 1,700 militants in the three-month long military operations against the Taliban though the figure cannot be independently confirmed as journalists are barred from reporting from the conflict zone.