Threat Alerts on Terrorism Incidents

Joint Intelligence Directorate (JID)
September 8, 2017

Threat Alerts are standardized emergency warning systems for describing and disseminating information (advance intelligence) about terrorism-related incidents, based on human and technical intelligence, issued to local administrations and law enforcement agencies (LEAs) to mitigate the situation. These alerts may also provide timely information about current security issues, vulnerabilities, and exploits. Different countries issue threat alerts in different ways and at different levels and the systems have been standardized after the incident of 9/11. Threat alerts may of any kind, including terrorists attack, cyber-attacks, safety alerts to travelers etc.

After enactment of NACTA Act,section 4 (a) initiated the function of issuing threat alerts after collating information received from different intelligence agencies. The erstwhile National Crisis Management Center (NCMC) was disbanded and its staff absorbed into the Operations Wing of NACTA and a system of disseminating alerts nationwide was put in place through a strategic coordination with premiere Intelligence Agencies. Since the setting up of NACTA’s Operations Wing (2014), the authority has disseminated at-least  3130 Threat Alerts and Information Reports for guiding pro-active measures by the Provincial Governments and the Law Enforcement Agencies.

NACTA, ever since has been able to predict ’80’ terrorist attacks, out of which 24 were predicted with a very high degree of accuracy and precision (target place, suspected perpetrators, modus operand i etc.) and 56 were city-specific. Some of the major terrorist-attacks predicted with high precision are:

S Terrorism Incident Date of Incident Ref. No. of Alert Date of Alert
1 Suicide attack on St. John’s Church Peshawar 22-09-2013 893/13 12-09-2013
2 VBIED Attack in Qissa Khawani Bazar, Peshawar 29-09-2013 902/13 17-09-2013
3 IED Explosion at Razmak Gate, Bannu 18-01-2014 910/13 19-09-2013
4 Three consecutive explosions at Shama Cinema, Peshawar 11-02-2014 21/14 07-01-2014
5 Suicide Attack on Local Courts, Shabqadar, Charsadda 07-03-2014 604/14 14-12-2014
6 Attach of Shia Zaireen at Taftan 08-06-2014 419/14
7 Attack on Terminal-1, Old Airport Karachi 09-06-2014 105/14 29-01-2014
8 Attack on Wahga Border Flag Ceremony, Lahore 02-11-2014 495, 909,





9 Attack on Army Public School (APS), Peshawar 16-12-2014 802/14 28-08-2014
10 Suicide Attack on Youhanabad, Lahore Churches 15-03-2015 20/15 and 27/15 06-01-2015


NACTA also disseminates, Information Reports regarding activities of suspected terrorists/ proscribed entities and other matters of security concern. Since year 2014 till date 4700 Information Reports have been prepared and disseminated for guiding pro-active measures by the Provincial Governments and the Law Enforcement Agencies.

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