Plan to attack Pakistan’s Parliament House foiled: minister

August 10th, 2009 - 7:32 pm ICT by IANS  

Taliban Islamabad, Aug 10 (IANS) Pakistan’s security forces have foiled a plan to attack Parliament House and the headquarters of the country’s spy agency and have arrested 36 terrorists, it was announced here Monday.
Briefing the Senate Standing Committee on the Interior in Parliament House, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said Islamabad Police and intelligence agencies in a joint action had foiled the terror attempts.

Eight suicide jackets had been recovered from the arrested terrorists, Online news agency quoted Malik as saying.

Speaking on the enhanced security measures in the country, he said a deal to get scanners from China had been completed and these would be installed in all main cities within six months to thoroughly check all vehicles.

Mobile scanners would be installed in smaller cities.

Speaking about operations against the Taliban in the North West Frontier Province (NWFP), the minister said the Pakistan Army conducted these in record time in Swat and two other districts of the Malakand division and made possible the repatriation of internally displaced people to their respective areas.

Commenting on police station culture in the country that has been widely criticised, he said it was the government’s utmost priority to change this and to make police

stations people friendly.

He also noted that the country was not only facing a shortage of police stations but also of staff, adding that 20,000 police officers were being recruited in each of the four provinces to achieve a ratio of one policeman for every 557 people.

Talking about the death of former foreign secretary Niaz A. Naik, Malik said preliminary investigations had revealed that thieves had tied up his body and hung it from a ceiling fan in his house.

It had also been learnt that Naik had quarrelled with his servants and they have been made a part of the investigation process, the minister added.

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