Task force formed to apprehend 41 wanted terrorists

Members of the RAID, the French national police intervention group, take part in a simulation exercice of terrorist attack at the Toulouse stadium on April 14, 2016 as part of the Euro 2016. / AFP PHOTO / REMY GABALDA

LAHORE: A special task force has been formed with the aim to monitor and curtail terrorist activities on the occasion of Chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) and Urs of Data Ganj Bakhsh, it has been learnt.

The task force has been assigned the mission to arrest 41 most wanted terrorists belonging to various banned organisations in Punjab. It has also been reported that many of these wanted terrorists have millions of rupees worth head money and have been on the law enforcement agencies’ watch list for quite some time.

According to intelligence sources, law enforcement agencies have received a report which reveals potential planning of various terrorist activities occurring on the Chehlum of Imam Hussain and the Urs of Data Sahib in Lahore.

In 2010, 140 people were killed in an attack near Data Sahib and 18 people lost their lives after a suicide attack on a procession marking Hazrat Ali’s martyrdom.

According to sources, the 41 wanted individuals belong to various banned outfits, including Daesh, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, Hizbul Mujahideen and Jamaatul Ahrar, a breakaway faction of the banned TTP.

The terrorists belonging to all these organisations are involved in various cases of torture, kidnapping for ransom, explosions and violent activities all over Pakistan, including Lahore, Karachi and areas of Balochistan.

Most of these terrorists had fled the country after their vile agendas were achieved and took refuge in Afghanistan, Turkey, Iran and other countries.

The latest round of increasing efforts to apprehend wanted terrorists include cooperation and communication with the security agencies of all countries where wanted terrorists have allegedly escaped to, with the administrative priority lying in the arrest of all such miscreants before any unfortunate event takes place.