Six high-profile political figures face terror threats


As many as six high-profile political figures are facing terror threats ahead of the 2018 polls, officials of the National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) have told the Senate Standing Committee on Interior.

At least 12 terror alerts were passed on to the NACTA by country’s premier spy agencies Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) and Intelligence Bureau (IB).

The counter-terrorism body has forwarded information pertaining to terror alerts to Interior ministry, all provincial interim setups and all IGs. According to reports, such alerts are issued after proper groundwork and on basis of undeniable evidence.

As per details acquired, Joint Intelligence Directorate will take feedback on these alerts.

Security DIG informed committee’s members that out of 129 contestants vying elections from Islamabad, only Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan and former premier Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had been provided with security.

On the other hand, committee convener, Senator Javed Abbasi, expressed exasperation over absence of IGs in the huddle while warning them of adjournment motion.

“Interior secretary and IGs do not give importance to the committee. They [officials] resort to seeking forgiveness if we table adjournment motion over such acts,” Abbasi was quoted as saying.

Later, the session was adjourned.