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Pak counter-terrorism agency warns of attack on political leaders during poll campaigning

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

Pakistan's counter-terrorism agency has warned that senior leaders of various political parties, including Imran Khan, could be targeted by militants during campaign rallies for the July 25 elections.

The (NACTA) yesterday said it had forwarded 12 threat alerts to the federal interior and provincial home ministries as well as law enforcement agencies.

"The leadership of political parties, including the Peoples Party (PPP) and Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), and six personalities that can be targeted during the elections," the agency was quoted as saying by Dawn newspaper.

"Six people include Tehreek-i-Insaf Imran Khan, leaders and Ameer Haider Hoti, Aftab Sherpao, and Hafiz Saeed's son Talha Saeed," NACTA said while briefing the Senate Standing

Committee Senator Rehman Malik, while expressing grave concern over the threats, directed the interior ministry to provide foolproof security to the heads of parties and those for whom threat alerts were issued.

He said had already informed the committee that there was a possibility of violence during the scheduled for July 25, and directed that such alerts be taken seriously.

of informed the that the had received a threatening letter that the agency's headquarters would be attacked with an explosives-laden vehicle.

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First Published: Tue, July 10 2018. 14:00 IST