Attempt on Musharraf’s life: official

Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf’s plane was fired on as it took off today from a military airfield in Rawalpindi, an intelligence officer said, contradicting official denials.

Gen Musharraf’s plane arrived safely in the southwestern town of Turbat, where the president visited flood victims. The military denied there had been any attack.

But an intelligence officer, speaking on condition of anonymity, said there had been an unsuccessful attempt on Gen Musharraf’s life.

A Reuters photographer saw two large guns mounted on the roof of a two-storey house in the congested area close to the airport, and a neighbour said he heard the firing.

One appeared to be a long barreled anti-aircraft gun and the other a light machine gun.

They were placed between large satellite dishes and a water tank of the flat-roofed house, located directly under the the flight path close to the runway. A low wall ran round the perimeter of the roof.

Security is normally deployed in the area ahead of the president’s flights, the timings of which are generally kept secret.

Security forces have cordoned off the area around the house in the garrison town next to the capital, Islamabad, and the owner, a shopkeeper, had been detained.

According to some accounts given by television reporters a rocket was also fired at the plane.

The reports of a fresh assassination attempt came as Pakistani security forces laid siege to a mosque in Islamabad where a radical cleric and hundreds of followers were holed up after clashes on Tuesday.

Washington has depended on General Musharraf to help crush Osama bin Laden’s network, the remnants of which have been regrouping in Pakistan’s tribal areas on the Afghan border.


Image from Reuters

9 Comments so far

  1. d0ct0r (unregistered) on July 6th, 2007 @ 9:07 pm

    i think Mush should move to some secure location, like MQM’s HQ 90(nine zero) in karachi… after all when the terrorists from MQM slaughtered around 50 people on streets of karachi then some analyst said that MQM is the 11th Corp of Army coz on that day Mush while addressing a rally in Islamabad said that we shown our power and might in karachi..!

  2. Harris (unregistered) on July 6th, 2007 @ 9:28 pm

    i second you Doctor, lets see what those Mush Qatil Movement (MQM) people have to say about this (here on blog)

  3. SELF (unregistered) on July 6th, 2007 @ 9:43 pm

    Where do these terrorists get their training? Can’t fire in a straight line. :)

  4. Phil (unregistered) on July 6th, 2007 @ 9:49 pm

    To the best of my knowledge the one on the left seems like it is taken out of an aircraft, it is slim and doesn’t have butt or trigger, while the on the right, with a huge cross hair, is definitely used for AA or anti personnel. In other words, crude and low tech.

    May God keep Pakistan safe and sound. Ameen.

  5. Harris (unregistered) on July 6th, 2007 @ 10:19 pm

    I can smell that SOMEONE is using a catalyst to MULTIPLY his good name, who knows who supplied these POF made guns to TERRORISTs…… God Bless Pakistan

  6. Majid (unregistered) on July 6th, 2007 @ 10:22 pm

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  7. d0ct0r (unregistered) on July 6th, 2007 @ 10:46 pm

    recently there were some reports that Mush spent nearly $300 million of tax payers money on upgrading his plane’s anti missile counter measures on line of
    Air force One(american President’s plane) so every one should keep one thing in mind that these counter measure systems would only malfunction when the American Master would want them to, otherwise he is very much safe in the air, unless some thing else hits him…

  8. Harris (unregistered) on July 6th, 2007 @ 10:52 pm

    If the media stops covering the Lal Masjid Siege it would end early… media should focus on ACP and CJ issuee, Mushi will get motions….

  9. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on July 7th, 2007 @ 1:40 am

    I was thinking that asghar mall is such a heavily populated part of the city. OK the rocket missed it’s target … but it must’ve fallen elsewhere?? Any ideas if anyone got hold of it??

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