The Punjab Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) has announced the arrest of 21 alleged terrorists in the province. The CTD conducted 135 intelligence-based operations (IBOs) in which they interrogated 135 suspects and detained 21 militants. The arrested individuals were associated with banned militant groups such as Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan, Sapiah-i-Sahaba Pakistan, Daesh, and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. The suspects were planning to target important installations and religious places using social media to spread hate material. They have been moved to an undisclosed location for further investigation, and 18 first information reports (FIR) have been registered against them. The arrests were made in various cities including Lahore, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, and Bahawalpur. During the operations, authorities seized explosives, hand grenades, improvised explosive devices (IEDs), detonators, firearms, literature of banned groups, flags, and cash. The statement also highlighted that the Punjab CTD carried out 700 combing operations in the past week, resulting in the arrest of 49 suspects and the recovery of 21 individuals. These operations aimed to counter expected terrorism activities by defunct organizations, particularly against Chinese nationals and worship places during the Muharram period.
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