Imran Khan under severe security threat from TTP: Sources

Imran Khan under severe security threat from TTP: Sources

SLAMABAD: Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has put PTI Chairman Imran Khan on its hit list.

“We have received multiple intelligence reports, submitted by the premier intelligence agency, that the TTP may attack Imran Khan, a senior official of the Interior Ministry has revealed, the News has reported.

Asked specifically if Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif were also under threat, the source replied in the affirmative. Following the intelligence reports, the National Counter Terrorism Authority (Nacta) dispatched a formal threat letter to the police and law enforcement agencies (LEAs).

The reports were received on April 1 and the same day an alert was issued to the departments concerned for taking preventive steps. A separate intelligence report was also received stating that the PTI chief Imran Khan faced a serious threat to his life.

The source claimed that the information about the threat had also been communicated to Imran Khan and his associates on the directions of Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal. The source claimed that the intelligence report was received a couple of days before Imran’s visit to Pind Daden Khan, Jhelum district, on March 14.

When this correspondent spoke to Fawad Hussain Chaudhry, the party’s central spokesman and a close associate of Imran Khan, he confirmed the threat. “Yes, we were conveyed about the threat officially,” Fawad said.

The source claimed that when Imran Khan was addressing party workers in Pind Daden Khan, a phone call had advised him to avoid public appearance. The call was also made to PTI leaders, including Fawad Chaudhry.