ISLAMABAD: Additional measures are being taken to beef up security for public places, government installations and likely targets of terrorist elements. This was stated by Interior Ministry spokesman Javed Iqbal Cheema while briefing newsmen here Tuesday afternoon. He said the provincial governments have been asked to review and revisit their security plans. They have also been asked to accelerate their intelligence collection apparatus to apprehend the terrorists before they carry out their nefarious designs.
He said a thorough investigation has been launched into Lahore terrorist attacks in which twenty-four people including twelve personnel of the FIA have been martyred and hundred and seventy other injured. The first blast took place on temple road in the premises of FIA building. According to initial reports a suicide bomber exploded his explosive laden vehicle near reception office of the building killing twenty-one innocent people and injuring another one hundred and sixty-seven.
About the same time, a suicide bomber hit his pickup to the gate of a house in Model Town killing three including two children and injuring another three persons. The spokesman said the law enforcement agencies are trying their level best to break the remnants of the clandestine terrorists’ cells and expressed the confidence they would overcome the grave threat to national security and stability with the support of the people. He said the agencies were able to avert about one hundred and fifty potential terrorist threats.
Replying to a question he said the terrorists are operating in small groups and even at individual level. Referring to Swat situation he said curfew remained relaxed from 6 am to 8 pm during the last one week and security forces arrested seven terrorists including two well known commanders of a militant group. A terrorist who was involved in beheading of an employee of a mobile telephone company was also arrested. In the process, security forces recovered large quantity of arms, explosives and ammunition from two different hideouts.
To a question, the spokesman said the Indian national Kashmir Singh was released from the prison on a humanitarian considerations and hoped India would demonstrate reciprocity. About killing of Pakistani national Khalid Mahmood in Indian police custody, he said Foreign Office was in touch with New Delhi on the issue.-SANA