The National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) on Monday revealed the names of six individuals and top political leadership, who are on the hit-list of terrorists and could be targeted during their election campaign.
Briefing the Senate Standing committee on Interior, Director NACTA Ubaidaullah Farooq said the body has forwarded 12 threat alerts to the federal and provincial interior ministries and other law enforcement agencies which include six alerts of heads of political parties by name and other alerts about senior leadership.
The name of six individuals include chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan, chief Awami National Party (ANP) Asfandyar Khan Wali, former chief minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Amir Haider Khan Hoti, Qaumi Watan Party chief Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao, former chief minister KP Akram Khan Durrani and Talha Saeed, son of Hafiz Saeed as well as the top leaderships of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) who are on the hit list of terrorists and could target them during the upcoming general elections.
Director NACTA said that threat alerts have been issued to concerned authorities in this regard. In the last meeting NACTA officials had revealed that general threats have been issued where terrorists could target public gatherings/meetings and processions during the election campaign.
The committee which met with Rehman Malik in the chair here on Monday expressed grave concerns over the threats and directed the Ministry of Interior to provide full proof security to the party heads and those for whom threat alerts were issued.
Malik asked the Interior Ministry to ensure full proof security in Islamabad Capital Territory and to write to the provincial home departments as well as IGPs to take cognizance of these serious threats and take measures as required.
The Committee took strong notice of the fact that Pakistan has been categorized in the Grey list by Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and condemned the act by calling it a mischievous act of Indian lobby.
Chairman Committee observed that Pakistan is the country that has given most sacrifices in war on terror and still the world is appeasing the India lobby. He said that Indian government is openly supporting and financing RSS- Indian terrorist organization involved in violence against Muslims in Indian Occupied Kashmir and other parts of the country yet India is not being included in such list and not being condemned by International rights organizations.
He said that “the government must take adequate measures acceptable to the FATF so that the country could be removed from the grey list before its adverse impact.”