Political leaders face terror threats

Sophia Siddiqui

Islamabad

Though the security situation stands much improved over the last two years or so but terror elements rear their ugly heads at special occasions to stoke anarchy and chaos in the country. As the general elections are approaching, there are fears that the country’s political leadership may face terror attacks.
The same fears were expressed by an official from the National Counter Terrorism Authority (Nacta) during a briefing to the Senate Standing Committee on Interior on Tuesday. There were reports of 12 threats, six of which were posed towards certain personalities, the official informed the committee.
The official added that the information was passed on to the counter-terrorism body by the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). He explained that the threat alerts are issued after “proper working”, adding threats are not considered on a primary level.”
The Nacta official further said that the information has been passed on to the interior department, provincial governments and inspector generals of police of all provinces.
It merits mentioning here that the caretaker prime minister was given a presentation on June 25 in which the participants were specifically made aware of the threat to political leaders and contesting candidates. The meeting was attended by all the caretaker chief ministers, the interior minister, chief secretaries, the federal interior secretary and police chiefs.
The election commission of Pakistan had also recently written a letter to the caretaker CM Punjab expressing concerns over harassment and physical threats to candidates and called for taking immediate corrective measures to stop such happenings.

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