2 suspected terrorists arrested in east Pakistan

21:35, June 08, 2010      

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Two suspected terrorists were arrested by police in the Rajanpur district in the eastern Pakistan's Punjab province, local ARY news channel reported Tuesday.

The two suspects, Hafiz Imran and Rauf Ahmed, are members of a banned militant organization, it said. They are accused for their planning of attacking NATO oil supply line that passes through the area.

Police also recovered hand grenades and explosive materials from them. Police got 14 days physical remand from court for them.

Both of them are from south Punjab. Hafiz Imran belongs to Bahawalpur and Rauf Ahmed comes from Fazilpur.

South Punjab has emerged as a trouble spot for security concern. Some religious and sectarian banned militant's organization in South Punjab have developed links with banned Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) which is based in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas bordering Afghanistan.

Some major attacks in Punjab are linked to the South Punjab. Some terrorists, who attacked minority worship places in Lahore on May 28 that killed 95 and injured over 100, belong to South Punjab who were trained in North Waziristan, a hub for Pakistani Taliban in the tribal belt.

Weeks ago a retired security officer was murdered in North Waziristan tribal agency allegedly by Asian Tiger group which mainly recruits militants from South Punjab.

After Lal Masjid, or Red Mosque, operation in July 2007 against militants who largely, along with their leader, belonged to South Punjab, a chain reaction of attacks in Punjab has started.

Pakistani security forces have carried several operations against militants in the tribal areas. But now pressure has built up upon the government to carry either military or police operation in the settled areas of South Punjab to wipe out militants from the area and dismantle their network's links with the TTP.

Source: Xinhua


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