Taliban threaten to attack Bangladesh mission in Pakistan

Islamabad, Dec 19 : The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan has threatened to attack the Bangladesh high commission in Pakistan here in the wake of killing of war criminal Abdul Qadir Mollah in Bangladesh, a Pakistani newspaper reported Thursday.

Although security around the Bangladesh high commission in Pakistan has been enhanced manifold and fresh security directions have been issued to Bangladesh high commissioner, law enforcement agencies still fear a terrorist attack on the embassy, The Nation reported citing information received Wednesday.

According to sources, law enforcement agencies have submitted a report to interior ministry quoting a security agency that the Taliban had expressed annoyance with the Bangladesh government over the killing of Jamaat-e-Islami leader Mollah and could attack the high commission.

The unnamed security agency officials had called for preventive measures in the wake of the threats.

The Bangladesh high commission is located in the residential area of F-6/3, considered one poshest sectors of Islamabad.

A senior official of a law enforcement agency told The Nation an elaborate security plan has been prepared for the security of the Bangladesh high commission and security has been increased for other major foreign missions in the capital.

"We have also deployed police commandos at these sensitive places to avoid any untoward incident during Christmas holidays, while patrolling has been enhanced around them," the security official added.

Mollah was hanged earlier this month in the first execution of a 1971 Liberation War criminal in Bangladesh after the country's highest court dismissed his petition to review his death sentence.

The Bangladesh ministry of foreign affairs summoned Pakistan's high commissioner in Dhaka last Tuesday to lodge a strong protest after Pakistan's National Assembly passed a resolution expressing concern over the hanging of Mollah.

--IANS (Posted on 19-12-2013)

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