Taliban to strike if Pakistan reopens Nato routes
ISLAMABAD: Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan chief Hakeemullah Mehsud convened a meeting in North Waziristan tribal region to plan targeted attacks to prevent the reopening of Nato supply routes to Afghanistan, a media report said on Thursday.
Mehsud convened a meeting with several senior commanders of the Pakistani and Afghan Taliban and al-Qaida in North Waziristan Agency in the second week of February, The Express Tribune quoted an intelligence agency’s report as saying.
The report said if the Nato supply routes were reopened, the militants would “show their anger” through terrorist activities across Pakistan, including targeting high-profile personalities.
Information about planned attacks and other possible threats were forwarded to police and other law enforcement agencies by the National Crisis Management Cell of the interior ministry. Officials were directed to beef up security at possible targets, the report said.
The report said possible targets included US diplomats and their bases in Pakistan, prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, interior minister Rehman Malik, Pakistan Tehrike- Insaf chief Imran Khan and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman.
A separate report said the Jundullah group too held a meeting to plan attacks, particularly in Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Lahore. It said Jundullah had established a force of 21 militants for this purpose . The force will report to Hakeemullah Mehsud, who will assign targets.