Thursday, October 14, 2010

Pakistan: Plot to Kill Prime Minister

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The Pakistani police arrested a group accused of plotting to kill the prime minister and several senior government figures, security officials said Thursday. The seven suspects who were arrested on Wednesday night after a shootout near the eastern city of Bahawalpur belong to the Sunni militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. “They had plans to blow up an explosive-laden vehicle near the house of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani in Multan when he was visiting there,” said a security official in Bahawalpur, referring to the ancestral residence of Mr. Gilani in a nearby city in Punjab Province. The police said in a statement that the militants had plotted to kill Mr. Gilani, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and other senior officials.


Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LJ) has ties to the Taliban, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), Sipahe-Sahaba, Ahlesunnat Wal Jamat (new name of Sipahe-Sahaba), Jamiat Ulamae-Islam, Tehreek Tahaffuze-Khatme Nabuwwat, various local establishments and loosely to al-Qaeda. The Government of Pakistan designated the LJ a terrorist organization in August 2001, and the U.S. classified it as a Foreign Terrorist Organization under U.S. law in January 2003.

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