Islamabad (Agency): A police official with "established links" to al-Qaeda terror network was assigned to protect VVIPs in the Pakistani city of Lahore "many times", according to a media report.

The official served at the Prime Minister's House in Lahore and at the Federal Investigation Agency's main office in Lahore, The Express Tribune quoted its sources as saying.

Intelligence officials said the official, who was not identified, was a resident of Rawalpindi district but had managed to get himself declared a domicile of Lahore district and was recruited in Punjab Police on the basis of a forged certificate.

The official was assigned to protect former Chief Minister and senior PML-Q leader Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi in the past.

He was suspended when intelligence agencies established his links with al-Qaeda. He was also detained by security agencies for questioning.

The official "not only got back his job after some time" but was assigned to the security detail of the Prime Minister's House in Lahore and the FIA office till December last year, the report said.

Subsequently, the FIA banned his entry into its offices "but surprisingly the police brass is still reluctant to take action against the police official notwithstanding his established links with al-Qaeda", the report said.

The FIA''s main office in Lahore was twice targeted by terrorists in recent years and officials keep receiving threats of more attacks.

Questions have also been raised about the security for VVIPs after Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer was assassinated by a police guard Mumtaz Qadri last month.

Qadri was included in the security details of several top leaders, including the Prime Minister, even though he was removed from the Special Branch several years ago after being declared a "security risk".