KARACHI - The law enforcing agencies have beefed up security at all sensitive installations in Karachi, as TTP operatives’ influx the city is underway to avenge deployment of military troops in the troubled areas of Waziristan, TheNation learnt here on Monday.
Sources privy to the matter revealed that scores of TTP operatives have been reaching Karachi to avoid the Waziristan operation and strengthen the organisational structure of the banned outfit in the country’s urban areas.
TTP central spokesman Shahidullah Shahid in a statement on Monday said. “We have been struggling for Islamic law and it is up to the government to impose Shariah either through negotiations or war.”
Sources further revealed that agencies have warned about the proportional increase in terrorism across the country. They pointed out that sensitive installations, government and law enforcement officials would be main targets of terrorists.
Following the threat alert given by the secrete agencies, police high ups and other security agencies have been directed to tighten security at all police stations and district headquarters.
On the condition of anonymity, a police official pointed out that thousands of TTP operatives are living in Karachi including local operatives of various other defunct organisations. Scores of fresh militants are also reaching in the city following the recent advancement of military in Waziristan, the official said. The secrete agencies warned about the possible attack on Karachi Central Jail in order to get hundreds of their operatives released from Central and Malir jails.
It is pertinent to mention here that TTP Mahmond Agency Chief Khalid Khurasani categorically warned the government and security agencies against shifting even a single man of the outlawed organisations to other jails.
In a statement, he said, “If a single man is transferred from Karachi to other cities, the TTP would target the authorities concerned.” He further stated, “The TTP would not tolerate any sort of misconduct with its members as we do not forget our people and their sacrifices”.
Following the threats, at least 300 police personnel, 50 Rangers men with five armoured personnel carriers (APCs) and 30 police mobiles have been guarded at the Central Jail. All main roads located in the surroundings of Karachi Central Jail have been closed. In another communiqué obtained The Nation, the TTP made it clear that common people would not be targeted in future attacks.
It is pertinent to mention here that TTP in each of their statements urged Muslims to support the cause and also warned rival sects for dire consequences.