Islamabad: Six suspects arrested for alleged
links to several major terror attacks in Pakistan were
planning to assassinate President Asif Ali Zardari and Punjab
Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, a media report claimed on Wednesday.
During interrogation, the suspects told investigators
that they were planning to attack Zardari at the Governor
House during his upcoming visit to Lahore, an unnamed security
official was quoted as saying by the `Daily Times` newspaper.
The suspects said that they had collected explosives to
blow up the Governor House to assassinate the President, the
They also disclosed that they had planned to either
attack the President at the Governor House or to target the
presidential motorcade in the same way that terrorists
attacked the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore last year.
The suspects revealed that they wanted to target Punjab
Governor Salmaan Taseer and Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif as
well, the official said.
Police found a detailed map of the Governor House in
Lahore among documents seized from the suspects. The map shows
the internal and external gates of the official residence of
The official said the suspects were also planning to
attack Allama Iqbal International Airport and a mosque of the
minority Ahmedi sect within the Lahore Cantonment.
Police and other security agencies arrested the six
suspects in the wake of the suicide attack on the Data Darbar
Sufi shrine here last week that killed 45 people.
Another 95 people were killed when suicide attackers
recently stormed two Ahmedi mosques in Lahore.