Security forces foil terror bid to sabotage August 14 celebrations

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan: The security forces have busted a foreign sponsored gang and foiled a terror bid to sabotage August 14 celebrations in Karachi, according to the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR).

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the ISPR said that some high value targets including the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Swat Chapter Naib Amir in Karachi Bakhat Zaman have been apprehended in the intelligence-based operation.

The ISPR said that the gang had prepared an explosive-laden vehicle and a motor cycle which they were to use on Yaum-e- Azadi.

During interrogation, the apprehended terrorists confessed that vehicles were arranged from Karachi and they were waiting for suicide bombers which had to arrive from Afghanistan and Amir of the TTP Swat Chapter in Karachi had gone to Afghanistan for the same purpose.

The Pakistan military media wing said that on the tip off, the security agencies continued surveillance of group for weeks before the operation was simultaneously launched on last Sunday in Hyderabad and Karachi to arrest culprits. It further said that explosive-laden Hi Roof and motor cycle have also been recovered.

Moreover, the ISPR said that some more startling revelations are expected during the interrogation.

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