Pakistan puts capital on high alert over terror threat

Islamabad: Just days after the deadly Taliban attack on the Karachi Police headquarters, an alert for yet another attack by Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has been sounded in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad.

According to reports in the local media, Islamabad’s Inspector General of Police (IGP) Akbar Nasir Khan has issued strict orders to keep police personnel on high alert in order to maintain law and order in Pakistan’s capital in order to thwart a possible attack by the TTP.

The IGP Islamabad has directed all police officers to remain present in their respective areas. He said that the officers on duty should be equipped with full security equipment and must keep a close watch on government and private vehicles, ambulances and suspicious persons. He has also ordered strict action against unregistered vehicles.

Keeping in view the security situation, the Islamabad IGP said that the ongoing crackdown against professional beggars and their helpers across Pakistan’s capital will have to be intensified. He further said that the security of the Red Zone and diplomatic enclave in Islamabad should be tightened.

A report by the US Institute of Peace (USIP) has warned that amid Pakistan’s economic crisis and Taliban rule in Afghanistan, the TTP has re-emerged as a potential threat to Pakistan.

Pakistan, the epicenter of global terrorism, has been battling regular attacks by the TTP for the last several months. It has carried out near-daily attacks on the Pakistani security forces since unilaterally abrogating a ceasefire with the Pakistan government in November last year.

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