Planned attack on Pak Parliament foiled: Police

The suspect told police that he was to attack during President`s address.

Updated: Mar 23, 2011, 23:49 PM IST

Islamabad: Pakistani police on Wednesday claimed
that they had foiled an attempt to attack Parliament during
President Asif Ali Zardari`s address there, by arresting a
suspected terrorist.

The suspect was arrested three days before the
presidential address yesterday to a joint sitting of the
National Assembly and Senate, security officials told Dawn
News channel.

The suspect told police that the attack was to be carried
out during the President`s address.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik said security in the
capital was beefed up after authorities learnt of the planned
attack.

During the speech, Zardari vowed to "fight militants to
the finish" but warned that such a campaign could be "long and
bitter."

Authorities had put in place an extensive security
blanket for the President`s address to the joint sitting of
Parliament.

A high alert was sounded in Islamabad to ensure foolproof
security in Parliament.

Hours after Zardari made his first speech to Parliament
on September 20, 2008 and pledged to fight terrorism,
pro-Taliban militants had carried out one of the deadliest
suicide attacks by targeting the Marriott Hotel located at a
short distance from the Parliament building.

PTI