Punjab CTD arrests 7 suspected terrorists

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Weapons and cash recovered

The Punjab Counter-Terrorism Department on Saturday arrested seven suspected terrorists belonging to banned organisations during an intelligence-based operation, according to a statement issued by the CTD.

The press release said that five detonators, banned literature including 39 pamphlets, stickers and a receipt book of an outlawed organization, and Rs22,870 cash were recovered from them.

It added that two cell phones and a 3.8-metre-long safety wire were also recovered from the arrested suspects. The CTD said that the suspects are involved in the planning of terrorism in sensitive cities of the province.

First information reports have been filed against the arrested suspects under the anti-terrorism act.

The development comes a day after Punjab Police Inspector General Aamir Zulfiqar Khan issued orders to put security on high alert across the province.

He had directed that the security arrangements of sensitive and public places should be tightened in all districts, including the provincial capital Lahore.

The inspector also directed that the Special Branch and the CTD should beef up intelligence-based operations and provide all possible support to the district police teams in defeating criminals.