Security on high alert across the country after Peshawar blast

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Authorities across the country heightened security on Tuesday hours after at least seven lives were lost in the Peshawar bomb blast. Punjab IG Inam Ghani directed field officers to increase security in red zone areas and heightened security at checkpoints at inter-provincial and inter-district levels. He also ordered security officials to intensify search and intelligence operations across the province.

Sindh IG Mushtaq Ahmed Mahar also ordered heightened security at the provincial level. “Police patrolling, picketing, and snap check should be made more effective,” he said, directing increased security at Masjid, Imaam Bargah, and other key locations.

Quetta DIG Abdul Razzaque Cheema said patrolling and snap checking have been increased across the city while security has been tightened at all entry and exit points. The city police chief said the CTD and special branch were also put on high alert.

Three days ago, at least three people were killed and seven were injured when a remote-controlled bomb exploded in Quetta’s Hazarganji fruit market. Earlier, the National Counter Terrorism Authority (Nacta) had issued a threat alert for Peshawar and Quetta on October 22.

The authority said Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) was planning to target religious and political parties in bomb attacks and suicide bombings.

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