Pakistan foils plot to attack parliament

2012-03-31 14:40

Islamabad - Pakistan's interior minister on Saturday revealed that police foiled a plot to attack parliament during a presidential address and said a finance ministry official had been arrested.

"I commend the Islamabad police, they have foiled a plot to attack the parliament during president's address to the joint session," Rehman Malik told reporters.

"Police have arrested a suspect and an official of the finance ministry involved in the plot."

President Asif Ali Zardari addressed the joint sitting of the federal parliament on March 17 amid tight security.

Islamabad's government district is home to Western embassies, parliament, the presidency and the ISI intelligence headquarters and has seen several bombings and suicide attacks.

In October last year, police unearthed a major plot and seized a large quantity of arms and ammunition in a raid on a house in a suburb of the capital.

Islamist militants have killed more than 4 900 people across Pakistan since government troops raided an extremist mosque in Islamabad in July 2007.

  • Africa21stcentury - 2012-04-01 04:54

    What Pakistan illustrates clearly, is the insanity, that it is a nuclear power. For this reason, no further country should be allowed to come even close to get a nuclear bomb. And all efforts should be made to reduce existing nuclear arsenals !!!!

      Africa21stcentury - 2012-04-01 08:49

      Patrick, Plenty problems in Pakistan, but you must not talk rubbish, Never ever in history, and nowhere in the world, has a nation voted in a dictatorship. But I understand your way of thinking, as you have a facination for dictators !!!

      Africa21stcentury - 2012-04-01 09:35

      Patrick, Reading is obvious not your strong point. I have never suggested that curernt problems in Pakistan are related to their nuclear status. The only people that say, that a nation is not ready for democracy, are dictators and their supporters !!!!!

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