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In a letter, accessed by IANS, Pakistan National Counter Terrorism Authority wrote to Punjab Home Secretary over the possible attack at the Wagah Border between August 13-15

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A terror alert was issued by Pakistan on Wednesday, August 10, warning that the Pakistani Taliban was planning to strike on the Wagah border with India around the Independence Day  ceremonies of the two neighbours.

In a letter, accessed by IANS, Pakistan National Counter Terrorism Authority wrote to Punjab Home Secretary over the possible attack at the Wagah Border between August 13-15.

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“Reportedly, Tehreek-e-Taliban, Fazal Ullah group is planning to target parade at Wagah border in Lahore or Ganda Singh Border in Kasur on August 13, 14 or 15,” the letter stated.

It also warned that at least two suicide bombers had been dispatched to carry out the attack.

“Extreme vigilance and heightened security measures are suggested to avoid any untoward incident,” the letter said.

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The letter comes as Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif chaired a high-level security meeting.

On November 2, 2014, a suicide bombing had taken place at Wagah border following the daily border ceremony in Pakistan. The attack, which led to dozens of fatalities, was claimed by three militant groups.

Pakistan has already heightened its security at sensitive places across the country following the recent terror attack in Balochistan, which left over 70 people dead, making it the deadliest this year in 2016.

The Taliban has been battling the Pakistani army in the country's northwest for the last four years [EPA]. Image source: www.aljazeera.com
The Taliban has been battling the Pakistani army in the country’s northwest for the last four years [EPA]. Image source: www.aljazeera.com

Top military commanders in the country believe the terrorist threat is taking on a brutal shape due to “a growing nexus between hostile actors in the neighbourhood and facilitators within the country”.

At a corps commanders’ conference held at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi on Tuesday, August 9, the generals reviewed the threat perception and discussed measures for countering the security challenges. (IANS)

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Garg was addressing the Special Event hosted by US-India Strategic Partnership Forum on ‘Indian Economy: Prospect and Challenges’ in Washington D.C on Friday.

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He said the launch of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) represented an “historic economic and political achievement, unprecedented in Indian tax and economic reforms, which has rekindled optimism on structural reforms.” He further emphasized that India carried-out such major reforms when the global economy was slow.

“With the cyclical recovery in global growth amid supportive monetary conditions and the transient impact of the major structural reforms over, India will continue to perform robustly,” Garg said.

During his meetings, Garg highlighted that the digital age technologies have profound implications for policies concerning every aspects of the economy. It also has enormous implications for emerging markets and developing countries.

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He expressed that the response to such a transformation will have to shift from ‘catch up’ growth to adoption/adaption of digital technologies for development and growth.

Garg also informed that India has started adopting policies and programmes for transforming systems of delivery of services using digital technologies and connecting every Indian with digital technologies and access through Aadhaar and other such means.

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While citing the example of expanding mobile data access, he mentioned that India is now the largest consumer of mobile data in the world with 11 gigabytes mobile data consumption per month. He informed that India is investing in digital technologies, encouraging private sector to adapt these technologies and also addressing the taxation related issues by introducing equalisation levy.

Garg is currently on an official tour to Washington D.C. to attend the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank and other associated meetings. He is accompanied by Urjit Patel, Governor, Reserve Bank of India and other senior officials. IANS