ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Army took over security charge of the federal capital on Sunday, hours after military launched a long-expected ground operation to eliminate Taliban and Qaeda terrorists from North Waziristan.
Reports said over 250 personnel of army’s 111 Brigade were deployed at sensitive installations and buildings in Islamabad including President’s House, Prime Minister’s House, Parliament Lodges and the Diplomatic Enclave located in the Red Zone.
Sources familiar with the development told Daily Times that the Interior Ministry decided to hand over internal security of Islamabad to army following reports by intelligence agencies warning about possibility of terrorist attacks in the federal capital.
Islamabad has been on high alert since a suicide attack on an army vehicle in Tarnol area near Islamabad wherein two lieutenant-colonels of Pakistan Army were martyred, and the deadly gun-battle at Karachi airport that killed 38, including 10 attackers. Security officials fear that newly launched military operation against Taliban in North Waziristan will trigger militant backlash and they may resort to violence in big cities, especially the federal capital.
Spokesman of Interior Ministry Danial Gilani, when contacted to seek ministry’s version on the development, plainly refused to say anything on the ground that he was on leave, and instead suggested to contact Mojib Qadir. Mojib, however, told Daily Times that he is not empowered to say anything on such sensitive issues.
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