Islamabad: The Pakistan government has received intelligence inputs about terrorist threats to the Prime Minister and other top political leaders like opposition PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif and his brother Shahbaz.
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani disclosed this during an interaction with the media at Gilgit in the Northern Areas yesterday. He said the federal government had conveyed the reports about the terror threats to the Sharif brothers through the Interior Ministry.
"I had received these reports which were passed on to the Punjab government and security measures were further strengthened," he said.
Gilani’s comments indirectly justified the plea by the PML-N government in Punjab province for postponing by-elections to four provincial and national assembly seats scheduled for November.
The Punjab government has filed a case in the Lahore High Court seeking the postponement of the by-elections due to security concerns.
Gilani refused to comment on the merits of the Punjab government’s petition. He did not answer when he was asked why elections could not be held in Pakistan when they had already been held in volatile countries like Iraq and Afghanistan.
"If the opposition has any point to prove, it may do so in the court...The matter is sub-judice and the judiciary is independent to decide about the issue," Gilani said.
He also did not rule out the involvement of "foreign elements" in incidents of sectarian violence in Gilgit.
The Prime Minister said he had asked a delegation of local clerics to strengthen inter-faith harmony. Recent clashes between Shi’ites and Sunnis in Gilgit have claimed more than 10 lives. The Northern Areas have a sizable Shi’ite population.