Tahirul Qadri. — File photo

ISLAMABAD, Jan 7: The Interior Ministry on Monday sent 'high alert' messages to all provincial governments, especially the Punjab government, about the possibility of a terrorist attack on the long march planned by Tehrik-i-Minhajul Quran chief Dr Tahirul Qadri on Jan 14.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik, who presided over a meeting, set up a team to look into the matter.

“The team comprising officials of the local administration of Islamabad, police and intelligence agencies will submit its report on threats on Jan 14,” the minister said before leaving for Lahore where he met Dr Qadri for what he called facilitating the Tehrik in its long march program.

The minister said that according to intelligence reports, the TTP had planned terrorist attacks on the rally. The march will start from Lahore and reach Islamabad the same day where a public meeting is planned.

The meeting at the interior ministry was apprised that all provincial governments had been put on high alert because it was expected that people from different parts of the country would join the rally.

It was decided that follow-up meetings would be held at the interior ministry before Jan 14 to finalise security arrangements.

The meeting was informed that different venues had been offered to Dr Qadri for the public meeting, including Fatima Jinnah Park, commonly known as F-9 Park, but the Tehrik leadership had rejected the offer and pledged to march on the Parliament House.

According to an initial security plan of the interior ministry, about 10,000 troops will be deployed in the Islamabad to maintain peace and avert any untoward situation during the long march.

It is believed that the participants will not leave the venue of the public meeting unless they are asked by Dr Qadri to disperse.

The Islamabad administration has been tasked to provide food and fuel and lodging and boarding facility to the security personnel to be deployed for the event. The local administration has demanded Rs250 million for the purpose.

“We need this amount to provide protection and create logistics for the security forces,” said a senior official of the local administration.

The interior minister directed the local administration to move the matter to the finance division for supplementary grant.

The meeting decided that businesses and markets would remain open in Islamabad and arrangements would be made to provide security to the traders’ community.

AFP adds: Meanwhile, Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan denied the TTP had threatened to attack the rally.

“This is not true, we have not issued any threat to attack the long march,” Ehsan told AFP by telephone from an undisclosed location.

“We have no comments for the long march,” he added.

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Comments (15)

Gerry D'Cunha
January 8, 2013 10:40 am
dr tahirul qadri is a biggest threat for corrupt politians and their coming generation in this field
Md Imran
January 8, 2013 4:12 pm
What a man ! Mashaallah !
January 8, 2013 4:13 pm
Imran has zero political sense and has no plans. His intensions are good, but that alone is not going to be sufficient.
January 8, 2013 5:08 am
You can't put Clergy and Democracy in one sentence, so whatever you decide, know that Pakistan is running out of options.
January 8, 2013 8:58 am
We already chose Imran khan to give a chance this time. And the chance will be given to Pakistani only not Canadian or etc
Masood Mehdi
January 9, 2013 8:37 am
TTP should discuss their concerns with Dr. Qadri and i am sure Dr. Qadri have better solution for them.
Ahmed Sameer
January 8, 2013 9:20 am
Mr. pathanoo. Tahir ul Qadiri was born a Pakistan and has been living in Pakistan since then. He is an international renowned Scholar who has fought the case of Islam and Pakistan before all the major world media including Reuters, CNN, BBC, ABC etc. You should expand your horizon and do some research on this. Tell me, who is there in the entire muslim ummah, let alone Pakistan, to attain such a high profile? Even Zakir Naik has not had such a challenge. The problem is people are paranoid and they do not volitionally listen to the message and get distracted by the detractors insisting on the status quo.
Masood Mehdi
January 8, 2013 2:30 pm
Dr. Qadri is the last hope for the Citizens of Pakistan. We pray for your success inshallah.
January 8, 2013 5:00 pm
Today's politics are filthy, corrupt and full of favouritism, Mullahs should preach islam,
Shahjahan Bhatti
January 8, 2013 1:34 pm
If anything happens to participants, Malik Rehman will be responsible.
January 8, 2013 6:28 am
This person could really bring change for Pakistan, i suggest that please try only 1 time this person....
January 8, 2013 6:58 am
Is Dr. Tahirul Qadri a Pakistani citizen? I understand he lives in Canada. If so what is he doing initiating these marches in Pakistan and a better question would be - Is there no leaders left in Pakidtan to lead the nation that a foreigner had to come and lead.
January 8, 2013 9:43 pm
Dr Tahir ul Qadri WAS Brilliant Scolor of islam. i remember the time when his speech comes on TV & street of Pakistan was empty. However, Later his name was changed to Dr Tahir ul Padri & with all due respect, he is proving to be one. Well renowned Killer Party of Pakistan MQM, & Mr Tahir are trying to fool us. There are Tents in Pakistan asking for donation, Please be careful .
January 8, 2013 9:49 pm
i have a very good News, Inshallah Pakistan is going to become wonderful country. with two obvious options ( imran Khan OR Nawaz Sharif ) whoever comes Pakistan will progress at rapid rate. inshallah in 3 months or so we will wake up every monring to read the newspaper Oh Today this remarkable progress happand in Pakistan. Please pray foro our country & Believe me Very Good time is coming. Relax
Mustafa Razavi
January 9, 2013 6:42 am
Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri retains his Pakistani citizenship. Getting a foreign citizenship is a routine matter for millions of Pakistanis, what makes you subservient to foreign interest is having billions of dollars in foreign banks.
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