BAHAWALPUR: After the brazen Bannu jailbreak, intelligence agencies have indicated that the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) may be planning another attack on Adiala prison.
According to a ministry of defence notification to the Punjab home department, agencies have traced a telephone conversation between two alleged terrorists. The conversation indicated that Adiala prison was next on the TTP’s hit-list.
Upon receiving the notification, the Punjab home department has demanded the deployment of a company of Rangers at each of the province’s five most sensitive prisons in Rawalpindi, Lahore, Faisalabad, Multan and Bahawalpur. Security at these prisons has been put on high alert, while the home department has also delegated regional, city and district police officers to make special security arrangements for prisons housing terrorists.
Talking to The Express Tribune, Superintendent of police (SP) Prisons Bahawalpur Chaudhry Naeem confirmed they have received special orders to boost security at the prisons. He added that they were coordinating with intelligence and security agencies regarding the issue.
The SP said special bunkers have been built at both entrances of the Bahawalpur central prison and elite personnel have been deployed around the prison.
Sources have said the security of prisons all over Punjab is being closely monitored by intelligence agencies. Security personnel for Bahawalpur central prison have also been sent to police personnel to undergo special training.
The Bahawalpur prison houses some of the most sensitive TTP members, including those who attacked the office of Inter-Services Intelligence in Multan.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 30th, 2012.