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December 21, 2014

Over 300 held in Islamabad crackdown

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Web Desk
December 21, 2014

ISLAMABAD: The law enforcement agencies on Saturday launched a comprehensive crackdown in different marked localities of the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad, including Tarnol, Bara Kahu, Shahzad Town and Nasirabad, and recovered a large quantity of arms and ammunition from the possession of suspects.
The intelligence agencies earlier unanimously declared Tarnol and Bara Kahu as most sensitive localities and marked them as hubs of terrorists. However, the police haven’t yet taken effective security measures to search extremists affiliated with the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) living in these areas, the sources said.
The intelligence agencies presage a Peshawar-like massacre in the other parts of the country, specially, Islamabad/Rawalpindi, Quetta, Dera Ismail Khan and Multan. The attack may be similar but the terrorists may adopt some other mode to create unrest among the people, the sources quoting intelligence reports, disclosed.
“This time, they may adopt the mode of guerrilla warfare and a group of shooters, wearing army or police uniforms, may attack people on main roads or markets at peak hours of the day,” the sources feared. “Rigorous measures are required to pre-empt such attempts,” they maintained.
The aspect of jail-breaks cannot be ruled out but in the circumstances, when the forces are ready to counter jail-breaking attacks, it will be difficult for them to get the jailed terrorists awarded capital punishments and waiting for their hangings freed, the sources said.
Online adds: More than 300 suspects were arrested during a grand search operation in Islamabad and its suburban areas on Saturday.
According to police, foreign nationals are among those rounded up in separate raids in Islamabad.
Sources said that the operation may continue for three days.
The suspects, who were shifted to police stations, were being questioned by the police.