Pakistani provincial governor warned to keep alert on looming life threat

17:29, June 30, 2010      

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Pakistani security watchdogs warned the governor of Punjab province, Salmaan Taseer, to keep his guards up against the looming life threat amid the rising " Punjabi" Taliban phenomenon, local media reported Wednesday.

An official notice of Pakistani Interior Ministry warned the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) governor of the imminent threat recommending the provincial government to review its security measures, according to local newspaper "Daily Times".

The ministry's letter also suggested the governor to take immediate measures for enhancing the provincial intelligence network, adding that governor's schedule should be kept discreet, the paper said.

"The intelligence should be enhanced as soon as possible," Daily Times quoted the official letter as saying.

Lahore, the Punjab province capital was terrorized on Saturday as two low intensity bombs ripped through the "CDs Market", the hub of movies DVDs in the country, injuring four people and damaging dozens of shops. Taliban warned to windup movie business that the orthodox militants believe to be illegal under their self- crafted extremist version of faith Islam.

Taliban had employed this tactics to successfully scare off DVD shops and warned barbers against shaving of beards in tribal areas of Pakistan.

In late May, "Punjabi" Taliban having stronghold in southern Punjab areas claimed responsibility for the twin terror attacks on the worship places of "Ahmadis" minority in Lahore that had left over 100 civilians dead.

Meanwhile, police arrested three operatives of a disbanded militant group in Lahore for involvement in terrorist incidents across Pakistan. Police had rounded up 15 suspects while an alleged terrorist was also arrested with a cache of explosives.

Source: Xinhua


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