Islamabad, Jan 15: Ahead of Muharram, eminent Pakistani politicians in nine cities, including Islamabad, Peshawar, Bahawalpur, Vehari, Jhang, Hyderabad, Karachi, DI Khan and Quetta, are under threat of being attacked by activists of the Taliban and the defunct militant organisation Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LJ), sources in Pakistan Interior Ministry have said.
According to intelligence reports, 300 militants from tribal areas, including local and Afghan Taliban, have been assigned targets and sent to the settled areas. The reports say that Senator Abid Hussain, Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid ex-MNA from Jhang Waqas Akram Sheikh and Allama Sajid Naqvi were likely targets. Three jackets meant for suicide attacks have been delivered to LJ activists in Jhang, they say.
Following the threats, the Interior Ministry has warned the law enforcement agencies to take precautionary measures.
"Yes, we have received these threats," said acting Islamabad police Inspector General Nadeem Baloch.
Two intelligence reports received by the ministry said attacks were likely in Islamabad, Peshawar, Bahawalpur, Vehari, Jhang, Hyderabad, Karachi, DI Khan and Quetta, the Daily Times reported.
A notification by the National Crisis Management Cell (NCMC) of the Interior Ministry said militants would try to attack Muharram processions, Imambargahs and Majalis.