LAHORE - More than two dozen politicians, police officers and bureaucrats are facing serious threats after Punjab Home Minister’s killing, The Nation learnt on Sunday.

Sources in security agencies say the fresh security assessments hint at the strong possibility of attacks on more than two dozen high-ranking politicians and government officials, following the suicide attack on the slain Punjab home minister. Members of the secret services can also be targeted, the sources add.

The names of the possible targets have been kept undisclosed due to certain reasons, which the sources declined to share too.

However, the sources say the killing of Colonel (retd) Shuja Khanzada is possibly a revenge-hit for the killing of notorious sectarian kingpin Malik Ishaq in a police encounter last month.

According to the assessment, the offices of the security services can be the target of the terrorists. The journalists and intellectuals vocal against the terror outfits can also be targeted.

Security sources say the important members of all the anti-terror forces have been advised through the recent security advisories not to disclose their movements and locations. They should not discuss even the little details of their activities with the close family members for ensuring safety protocols, an official in Punjab’s counter-terrorism department told this scribe.

They should not discuss operational activities on landline and cell phones except in the coded language.

“Since Jamaatul Ahrar, a splinter of TTP had claimed the responsibility of the attack in Attock, it can be said the killing of home minister is the indirect strike of Daesh, commonly known as ISIS,” the CTD official claimed while sharing some preliminary assessments regarding the Sunday’s attack.

Ahrar is connected with Lashkar-e-Jhangvi whose top boss Malik Ishaq killed in an encounter last month. Both Ahrar and Lashkar have contacts with Daesh. The terror outfits need financial and technical support which they can get from Daesh after the breakdown of their networks in terror cleansing operations. The splinter group had already announced oath of allegiance to Daesh chief, Abubakar Al-Baghdadi.

Sources say a group of Daesh sympathisers travelled from Afghanistan to Pakistan sometime back this year, and met with Malik Ishaq and offered him to join Baghdadi as chief of Daesh in Pakistan.

Ishaq accepted the offer and an announcement was to be made in this regard this year but he was killed in an encounter.

In a bid to show support to the likeminded of Daesh in Pakistan, it used Ahrar to launch first revenge-hit against provincial home minister who was the key figure fighting terrorism in Punjab.

The security services have moles inside the network of Daesh facilitators which told them the terror organisation’s contacts with a cleric of Laal Masjid in Islamabad, the sources claim.