The chief minister has ordered immediate removal of Commissioner Bannu Abdullah Mehsud, IG Prison KP, Arshad Majeed Mohmand, DIG Bannu Range Muhammad Iftikhar Khan and Deputy Superintendent Central Jail Bannu, Muhammad Zahid from their offices till further orders, officials informed. Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain said “a probe committee will try to find out whether the jail break in Pakistan, claimed by local Taliban, had any link to coordinated attacks in Afghanistan.”
This state of affairs show that today a jail has been targeted and tomorrow the militants can storm Governor and Chief Minister houses and one can imagine the implication and consequences. There is also something seriously wrong with intelligence gathering, which should be the priority of our agencies in a challenging situation we are in .
In one of the biggest jailbreaks in the country’s history, between 100
and 200 heavily armed Taliban attacked the Bannu jail early morning on
Sunday to free Adnan Rashid, an ex-Air Force employee condemned to death
by a military court for the 2003 assassination attempt on ex-president
General (retd) Musharraf. In the process, they also freed 384 of the 944
prisoners in the jail, of whom a handful returned voluntarily and still
fewer were rearrested. Smashing the main gate of the prison open, the
terrorists came with a well-coordinated plan that included attacking
from all sides of the prison while blocking all the approach roads to
cut off reinforcements. While the attack was a classic manoeuvre, the
guards inside the prison hardly put up even a token resistance and
obeyed the orders of the attackers to stand aside. The Taliban’s
intelligence seemed to know exactly where Adnan Rashid was being held.
The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed responsibility. The
attackers operated at will for about two hours inside the prison, with
nary any sign of reinforcements, although the prison authorities later
claimed news of the attack had been relayed almost immediately. The
police reinforcements arrived after the attackers had withdrawn, making
even their precautionary blockade of routes leading to the prison
unnecessary. As is usual in such matters, an inquiry has been ordered to
investigate the lack of response or resistance by the staff and guards
of the prison, why the movement of such large numbers of armed
terrorists riding vehicles went undetected, whether the attackers had
inside support (given their accurate intelligence), and last but not
least, a probing of the massive intelligence and security failure.
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