RAWALPINDI " City Police Officer (CPO) Rawalpindi Rao Muhammad Iqbal has claimed to have foiled a terrorism plot of destroying the celebrations of Pakistan Day on March 23 on a large scale in the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. DIG Rao Iqbal further claimed that police had arrested nine alleged terrorists including missing Assistant Superintendent Railways Hospital Rawalpindi Dr Abdul Razzaq and also recovered arms, ammunition, hand grenades, detonators, explosive materiel, vehicle and motorcycles along with various items likely to be used for any disruptive activity. The City Police Officer made these revelations during a press conference at Police Lines here on Thursday evening. Rao Iqbal informed the media that secret information was received that a hideout of terrorists was situated at Dhoke Lakan near Dhamiyal Camp for operating terrorism in Rawalpindi and Islamabad, where the suicide bombers from Wana were staying and planning for acts of terrorism in the twin cities. On this tip-off, the CPO constituted a special team under the supervision of SSP (Operations) Sardar Maqsood. The team raided a house at Dhoke Lakan early in the morning on the basis of the information gathered from secret source. The police arrested nine terrorists including missing Dr Abdul Razzaq, Usama Bin Waheed alias Hidayat Ullah Khalid, Faisal Ahmed Khan, Zeeshan Jaleel alias Khizar, Muhammad Sarfaraz alias Gull Khan, Muhammad Naeem Shakir alias Zubair, Muhammad Nadeem alias Salah-ud-Din Ayubi, Muhammad Ilyas alias Qari Jameel, Muhammad Rizwan alias Shams-ul-Haq. The police recovered one car, four motorbikes, prepared explosive 100 kg, four hand grenades, eight pistols, 45 rounds, two bags full of caustic soda, potassium two bags, 50 detonators along with wires, 20 kg of nut bolts, one timer, electric wire 25 bundles, plastic tubs, post boxes, courier boxes and one weighing scale was also recovered from their custody. During interrogation, the arrested terrorists confessed their involvement in several terrorist activities like hitting an army bus near R.A. Bazzar, killing former Surgeon General, Lt. Gen. Mushtaq Baig and three suicide attacks in federal capital including blasts on police party at Melody Chowk, Danish Embassy and Italian Restaurant. The terrorists also told the police that they had a plan to destroy Pakistan Day celebrations on 23rd March this year. AFP adds: Rao Iqbal listed the attacks as bombings outside the Danish Embassy and an Italian restaurant in Islamabad; an attack on an army medical corps bus and the killing of Pakistan's most senior military officer to die in a post-2001 attack. The police said the gang also helped orchestrate a suicide bombing near Islamabad's Lal Masjid on July 7 that killed 19 people, mostly policemen. "They were involved in logistics and providing suicide bombers to hit targets," the senior police official said. According to senior police officers, nine had links to Usama al-Kini, Al-Qaeda's top commander in Pakistan, who was killed in a US missile strike on January 1, in South Waziristan. He said the ringleader had been identified as Muhammad Illyas, also known as Qari Jamil, a former prisoner held for three years at the US-run Guantanamo Bay detention centre housing alleged suspects in the US-led "war on terror". Pakistan rejects Western accusations that its security forces are not doing enough to clamp down on attacks by extremists. Of the other two major attacks to which police have linked to the gang, one killed Lieutenant General Mushtaq Baig, the army's surgeon general, and seven other people on February 25. On February 4, 2008, a suicide attacker rammed a motorbike into a Pakistan Army bus taking medical staff to work in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, killing six people and wounding 38.