Islamabad: Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman
Malik on Thursday claimed authorities had foiled a major terrorist
plot to target a high-security zone here, home to embassies
and the ISI headquarters, as police seized two vehicles
carrying caches of arms and explosives.
Malik said the plot was uncovered after police seized a
large quantity of weapons during a raid on a home in the
Chatta Bakhtawar suburb of the Pakistani capital over the
The terrorists wanted to target "certain specific places
in the Red Zone", a heavily guarded area in the heart of
Islamabad, and the "headquarters of an elite agency", he told
The Red Zone is home to the diplomatic enclave, the
presidency, Prime Minister`s House, parliament and the
headquarters of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency
Malik said the arrested terrorists had carried out
rehearsals for the planned attack, during which they planned
to fire rockets at certain targets.
"As a result of strict security measures in the capital,
some major terrorist plots have been foiled," he claimed.
Police had arrested two terror suspects on Saturday after
finding 16 rockets, 12 grenades, four suicide vests and 90
doses of drugs allegedly used to brainwash potential bombers
during the raid in Chatta Bakhtawar.
In a separate development, police in Islamabad arrested
four terror suspects and seized two vehicles with caches of
weapons, including Kalashnikovs, pistols and ammunition, a
police spokesman said.
The seized weapons included eight machine guns, seventeen
30 bore pistols, two machine pistols and 16,420 bullets.
The weapons were hidden in secret compartments in the