The Islamabad police has reportedly intercepted and foiled a terrorist plan targeting the Pakistan Day Parade due to be held on March 23, 2015.

According to sources within the federal Police force, two suspects were apprehended in the course of raids carried out after the recent Qasar-e-Sakina Imambargah attack which shook the city last month.

The arrested men who were picked up from Ghouri Town along with a large quantity of weapons, have reportedly confessed to planning the terrorist attack.

This year the country will be witnessing a full military parade on Pakistan Day after a hiatus of 7 years. It was decided earlier last month that Pakistan’s armed forces will conduct the parade as a show of strength and might following the horrific December 16 attack on Army Public School in Peshawar, which claimed the lives of over 130 children.

The attack was in retaliation for the military operation Zarb-e-Azb, carried out by Pakistan’s forces to eradicate militant groups. However, the armed forces reiterated their resolve to crush the menace of terrorism and the upcoming parade is set to be a message to terrorists.

The last such military display was held on Pakistan Day in 2008, when the former President of Pakistan General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf was in power.