Talibans Baitullah Mehsud targets shias, Pak political leaders

December 27th, 2007 - 1:30 pm ICT by admin  


Islamabad, Dec 27 (ANI): The Pakistan Government has directed all provinces and the Islamabad administration to step up security around 10 Shia individuals and political leaders in the light of an intelligence report that Taliban commander Baitullah Mehsud has placed them on his hit list.
Sources claimed that miscreants of Dara Adam Khel have been given the task of killing the targeted persons.
These individuals have been identified as Chief Justice (retired) Ibn-i-Ali, a Pakistan People’s Party candidate from PF-38; his son Additional Sessions Judge Ehtisham Ali, ex-MPA Qalb-i-Hassan, his brother Mehtabul Hassan, Jawad Hussain Jawadi, Hashmat Ali Zaidi, Deputy Director anti-corruption Kohat; and Fazal Abbas (Pir of Kalaya).
The list also includes the Mutawalis (caretakers) of three imambargahs in Kohat, who have been facing life threats.
A security source said in light of the intelligence, they were taking all possible measures for the security of these people.
An Islamabad administration official said that the city police and the administration had received a letter from the Interior Ministry that suicide attacks could take place in Islamabad.
The officer said security had been tightened in and around the capital city and the high alert would stay till the January 8 general election.
Three wings of Rangers and personnel of the Elite Force, Punjab Constabulary and the city police had been deployed at sensitive places in Islamabad to avert any sabotage activity, the Dawn quoted the ofiicer, as saying.
He said the administration and police had reviewed security arrangements in the capital and had started restructuring police pickets, adding that law-enforcement personnel had started checking hotels, inns and bus stands. (ANI)

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