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Deputy chief of Pakistan Taliban held as 'independence day plot' foiled

Published 12/08/2015

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The "plot" was intended to coincide with Pakistan's independence day

Pakistan's security forces have arrested a "foreign-sponsored" group of militants who wanted to disrupt this week's Independence Day celebrations by carrying out a suicide attack in the southern city of Karachi, sources said.

The country's military said in a statement it acted on a tip off from intelligence agencies.

It said security forces also seized an explosive-laden vehicle during last Sunday's raids in Hyderabad and Karachi, the capital of southern Sindh province.

It said the captured militants included Bakhat Zaman, the deputy chief of the Pakistani Taliban. The statement did not identify the foreign power authorities believe sponsored the militants.

Pakistan won independence from Britain on August 14, 1947. Millions of Pakistanis mark the day each year in rallies and by hoisting the country's flags at home.

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