KARACHI: The intelligence agencies have warned provincial government of terrorist attack on Karachi’s American Consulate and other sensitive installations in the coastal Pakistani metropolis in the near future, The Frontier Post has reliably learnt.
The federal interior ministry’s national crisis management cell, in a letter sent to Sindh home department, Sindh police chief and Director General Pakistan Rangers Sindh on last Wednesday, has informed that terrorists are planning to target various installations, institutions and infrastructure in Sindh province in near future, sources said.
“Likely target include Hub Dam, Jinnah International Airport, Hamdard University, Pakistan Air force Korangi Creek, Malir Cantonment, Steel Mills, Rangers headquarters, Sindh Assembly, Space Upper Atmosphere Research Corporation, and University of Karachi” the provincial government and law enforcers have been informed.
The terrorists have also planned to attack Pakistan Air force Korangi Creek, Malir Cantonment and the United States’ Karachi Consulate, warns the letter a copy of which is available to The Frontier Post.
Sources in the provincial homes office told this scribe that following the interior ministry’s directives regarding extreme vigilance and heightened security, the security of these installations have been boasted in order to avoid any untoward incident. The threat alert has not mentioned as which group of the terrorists had planned to hit sensitive installations of the country.
Several terrorist outfits, including Al Qaeda, its Indian Sub-continent branch, Jundullah, factions of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) are active in the city that have been claiming different acts of violence in the city.
Though security analysts believe that some of the major attacks are carried in collaboration between various groups at least three major attacks – the Karachi airport attack, assault on Mehran naval base and attack at the Karachi’s Navy Dockyard – all later turned out to be the handiwork of Al Qaeda.
Recently, hand of Al Qaeda was seen behind several small attacks on the Rangers, police and people of Bohra Community as well.
At-least five militants were killed in Rangers’ encounter in Tapu area of the costal Keamari town on 8th of this month. Major Sabtain – spokesman for the Sindh Rangers – told this scribe that one was commander of the Ilyas Kashmiri group of Al Qaeda.
Couple of days later the Counter Terrorism Department (CT) of Sindh police claimed that have eliminated five militants of Al Qaeda Indian Sub Continent (AQIS) in Orangi town.
According to DIG CTD Arif Hanif the CTD headed by SSP Raja Umar Khattab had also unearth an explosive manufacturing factory. Several other evidences were also found from the spot.
Originally Published in The Frontier Post