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ISLAMABAD: Secret agencies have alerted the police that militants opposed to the government-Tehrik-i-Taliban peace talks are planning terrorist activities in Islamabad, Peshawar and Quetta, according to police and interior ministry officials.

They did not know when the malignant elements would strike, but the officials confided to Dawn that a new group, Ansarul Hind, would claim responsibility for the attacks.

Their intelligence sources, who raised the alert on April 3, said the TTP leadership had wished its informal affiliates to create the so far unheard of group.

Despite the possibility that the TTP sympathisers may be trying to pressurise the government by raising the threat of terrorist attacks in the three cities, the authorities took the threat seriously, police sources said.

“Although peace talks are in progress, we are taking necessary measures to counter terrorism in the cities,” said one official.

“Law enforcing agencies will be the main target of the terrorists, and in the case of their failure, any other official installation or public place.”

“TTP will choose the targets and the informal groups under its umbrella will provide support to the Ansarul Hind activists with weapons and other materials,” he added.

Security sources say the scenario looks similar to the terrorist attacks that quickly followed the announcement of a month-long ceasefire by the TTP last month. The most audacious of them was the bomb-and-gun attack on the district courts complex in Islamabad on March 3, which was claimed by Ahararul Hind group.

That group was heard of for the first time on February 9 when it sent emails to media outlets that it shared the ideology of the TTP but opposed it negotiating peace with the Pakistan government.

Its ownership of the March 3 attack gave rise to speculation that the Ahrarul Hind was affiliated with the Al Qaeda.

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Man from UNCLE Apr 08, 2014 08:32am

You meant to say our own TTP. Say it is'nt so. Can't be, our TTP is busy negotiating the takeover of our country. There you have it Mr. Intelligent, you need to reconsider you intelligence.

Syed Apr 08, 2014 08:45am

This is hilarious. Intelligence sees and Intelligence knows. Intelligence knows who's doing what. Intelligence also knows what's coming. Still, nobody seems to know what to do. Now, that's what we call "intelligence".

Amjad Wyne Apr 08, 2014 08:50am

All of us knew that this would be the case.

ZR Apr 08, 2014 09:32am

And the Government continues to negotiate... More deaths... more bloodshed.... yet more negotiations.... Pathetic!

Shahid Tanweer Apr 08, 2014 09:37am

Nation is prepared and united, and army is ready to eliminate all terrorist groups from our soil. Let them not misunderstand the power of Pakistan army and unity of the nation.

Usman Apr 08, 2014 09:55am

It is nothing but self deception to give space those who are murderers, killers and savage in nature. The delay in fighting against oppression of outlawed groups make us pay more in the end to eliminate them.

Mumbai-Nagpur online Apr 08, 2014 10:58am

In other Countries New companies are use to launch for economy and employment for their people while in Pakistan new Terrorist organization are using to form for killing their people. But I don't understand The meaning of Ahararul????

Rakesh Apr 08, 2014 11:26am

Either this government is blind or incompetent.

N K Ali Apr 08, 2014 12:25pm

First, the PPP government was too craven to act or even say something, secondly, the PMLN is only protecting its fief and personal wealth. The PPP and PMLN leaders will exit the country with ease and the citizens will continue to suffer harsher privations. What is happening at NACTA??? Nothing but controversies??? Salams

Bin Ismail Apr 08, 2014 07:23pm

" Jaaney na jaaney gul hee na jaaney bagh to sara jaaney hai "

muhammad Apr 09, 2014 10:52am

According to Imran Khan and Munawar Hassan and Co Taliban has nothing to do with killing it is black water can't our agencies see that ? are they coloured blind ? or may be Munawar Hassan & Co assume that black turban of Taliban is actually the symbol of Black water

Magic Apr 09, 2014 11:43am

Any peace negotiations with the terrorists will only buy them precious time to plan and load up for future attacks. There should be no negotiations with the terrorists whatever be the reason. Everyone including the government knows this, but are spineless to act tough.

Mithidada Apr 09, 2014 01:17pm

Hands up all those who are surprised at this news. That would be the easiest way of determining the number of idiots in the country.

Muhammed Ali Apr 09, 2014 03:10pm

You cannot have negotiations with savages, the only language they understand is the bullet, only today 21 have died in Islamabads bombing..

Aby kamal Apr 09, 2014 05:03pm

So are Ansarul Hind is different from Ahrarul Hind? The article mentions both. And is one higher than the other? And then what about the green paghrees vs the black paghrees? Are there white paghrees? A bad egg by any other name smells just as rotten! There is only one solution. We all know it but are scared to follow through on it. No more peace talks. No more pandering. No more blaming "other forces bent on destroying Pakistan". Accept that the cancer that has metastasized and has to be destroyed and then go ahead and do it. Let the Army earn its keep.

Aussie Apr 09, 2014 06:25pm

Everything stinks in this country.

Shuaib Apr 09, 2014 06:55pm

And they succeeded, this nation - has two options: 1. Negotiate. 2. Fight the Taliban.

We tried to negotiate and we got our result. It is clear which choice we must choose now.

Qureshi Apr 09, 2014 10:40pm

And there goes our country's future ! You stay calm and do nothing about one group, another terrorist group will emerge and in some years this country will be full of them.

mohib khan Apr 10, 2014 07:19pm

With the state machinery incompetent and begging for cease fire what else can the nation expect. These blasts have been going on for years now but our police has not been held responsible for one lapse so why not. It is a free state every one can do what they want and ultimately get pardon. If the state would have treated them in according to their tribal law even then we would have seen some peace. The tribal law says that every person of the tribe is responsible for a crime committed by a member of that tribe. Have we ever assigned such responsibility? The police are paid to keep the cities clean do they keep them clean? WE don't ask such questions and so the criminals thrive to be let loose by the courts or pardoned. Do our chief justice or any body check the type of decisions done by the courts? Is everyone on pension or are they serving? With all the machinery on pension who will run the state?

pathanoo Apr 11, 2014 05:04am

Why? Did you expect any different?