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A group photo of would-be suicide bombers

It remains to see if the new policy of engagement with the Taliban will bear fruit - Reuters/File photo.

A group of supporters of Taliban’s commander Baitullah Mehsud – Reuters/File photo.

One of the above will attack a police station in Lahore, killing 20 cops and 10 ordinary citizens.

Another will attack the house of a local leader of ANP killing five women, three children, two security guards and a political leader.

Another will attack a Shiite mosque / Imambargah killing 30 worshipers.

Another will blow himself up in a five star hotel in Islamabad destroying the building, killing 30 persons, ten of them foreign nationals.

Another will attack the procession of Eid-Milad-un-Nabi to eliminate ‘shirk’ from Islam.

Another will blow a bridge on a river in the NWFP.

Another will attack a funeral procession in D.I. Khan.

Another will kill a moderate Deobandi cleric in Peshawar or Quetta.

and the list goes on.

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Baitullah’s squad out to hit cities
By Mohammad Asghar
Tuesday, 24 Mar, 2009

Taliban commander Baitullah Mehsud speaks to reporters during a visit of a media team in South Waziristan.—Reuters/File

Taliban commander Baitullah Mehsud speaks to reporters during a visit of a media team in South Waziristan.—Reuters/File

RAWALPINDI: Security was tightened across the country on Monday after intelligence agencies warned that Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud has dispatched 20 foreign militants, mostly Uzbeks, to carry out terror strikes in major cities.

A senior police official said agencies had warned police that the terrorists had left for Bannu on their way to Islamabad, Lahore, Rawalpindi and other major cities.

He said that adequate protective measures had been taken, security around police installations had been tightened and patrolling had been increased.

He said vehicles, visitors from other cities and vagrants were being randomly checked in Rawalpindi and Islamabad.

Police teams, led by SSP Operations Yasin Farooq, were checking hotels and vehicles. He said 36 ‘suspicious’ people had been rounded up and at least 79 motorbikes, 19 cars and two rickshaws had been impounded.

Police, he said, had also arrested 20 people on charges of various crimes and seized illegal weapons. Three proclaimed offenders had also been arrested, he said. (Dawn)