ISLAMABAD - Interior Minister Rehman Malik while continuing his stunning disclosures Saturday said the ICT police had recently foiled a terrorist attack on the Parliament House during President Asif Ali Zardari’s recent address to the joint sitting of the house.

He further said main handlers of the terrorist plot, including an employee of the finance ministry, were arrested.

Talking to the reporters, Malik said the terrorists had planned to attack the Parliament House during presidential address to the joint sitting. However, the minister neither divulged where the case had been registered against these terrorists nor did he disclose the identity of the suspects including an official of the finance ministry. Six months ago, there were some media reports that an official of finance ministry was arrested on allegations of terrorism.

Earlier, Malik chaired a meeting at the ministry of interior to review law and order situation in the federal capital. An official handout issued by the ministry says during the meeting Malik appreciated Islamabad police for averting an attack on the Parliament House during the address of president. 

In view of continued threats from the terrorists, the minister directed IG police Islamabad to beef up security of the capital and take extra steps to ensure safety of the citizens.  The minister reviewed the car theft incidents in the capital and directed IGP to take necessary measures to check them immediately.  The chair directed the Special Branch Police of ICT to remain more vigilant. He also directed to establish a temporary jail in capital territory within four weeks.

The meeting decided that all station house officers (SHOs) of Islamabad would be replaced in two phases. In first phase where a car theft, murder or dacoity would occur, the SHO concerned would be replaced forthwith. The minister directed the IGP to establish an anti-corruption wing in the ICT police that would start functioning from next week.

The meeting noted with concern there was no central data available on vehicles, which created complications for the investigators. The interior minister was informed that a project for centralisation of data of all vehicles had been finalised with the help of Nadra and that would be launched very soon with the consultation of provinces and other stakeholders.

It was decided in the meeting that in the federal capital, all vehicles would be registered after their third party insurance. The ICT administration will issue fitness certificate periodically to each vehicle. This project will start from May in Islamabad.