Pak intelligence agencies uncover plot to assassinate Zardari

Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari rarely makes public appearances due to security concerns.

Islamabad: Pakistani intelligence agencies
have uncovered a plot to assassinate President Asif Ali
Zardari and arrested several persons, TV news channel
reported.

The agencies conducted raids over the past few weeks in
Islamabad and Punjab and arrested up to 42 persons, the
reports said.

GEO News channel quoted its sources as saying that 42
people had been arrested while Express News Channel reported
that eight have been arrested.

The reports said the plotters had planned to target
Zardari while he visited the Pakistan Institute of Medical
Sciences, where his father Hakim Ali Zardari was being treated
till his recent death.

There were also reports that the plotters had planned to
target Zardari at Nawab Shah in Sindh province.

There was no official word on the alleged assassination
plot.

Security officials have said in the past that the
President faces serious threat to his life from the Taliban
and other militant groups.

Zardari rarely makes public appearances due to security
concerns.

PTI

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