TV channel team apprehended after exposing Sindh Assembly's 'poor security'

Published: April 29, 2016
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KARACHI: A private TV channel’s team was apprehended on Friday after a team-member slipped into the Sindh Assembly building with a pistol in an apparent bid to expose the poor security measures at the building.

During the provincial assembly session on Friday, a private TV channel host approached Sindh Chief Minister and informed him that a person was carrying a weapon inside the assembly building, sources told The Express Tribune.

However, the host then approached a man, sitting in the gallery, and asked him to pull out the gun which he did, prompting the arrest of the whole team, sources added. The gun was handed over to Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani.

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Sindh Home Minister Sohail Anwar Sial ordered the security team of the assembly to arrest all those involved. “We will probe into the matter and submit inquiry before this House,” he said.

Meanwhile, members of the opposition protested against the poor security arrangements outside the provincial assembly building, calling it negligence on part of the government.

“The Sindh government is spending millions for the security of the house but an armed man is not only able to sneak into the house but stay there with ease,” Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) MPA and Leader of the Opposition in the Sindh Assembly Khawaja Izharul Hasan said.

Earlier this month, an unclaimed bag had created panic during an ongoing assembly session, leaving lawmakers to wonder whether there was a bomb in the bag. However, it was later surfaced that the bag belonged to provincial minister Sharmila Farooqi, who had left it unattended for a while.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Umar
    Apr 29, 2016 - 4:29PM

    So instead of praising the media team for pointing out a security flaw the Minster order for their arrest, media team possibly saved their lives. Incredible!!Recommend

  • Tasadiq
    Apr 29, 2016 - 8:07PM

    The Media Team that could have saved their lives, the assembly decides to arrest.
    Clearly; the Media Team must have entered whilst Mr Shah was having his Daily Nap and his Members in the Assembly were horrified that he was disturbed from his daily nap.

    This is incredible – it could only happen in Pak.Recommend

  • Jibran
    Apr 29, 2016 - 10:49PM

    Regardless of the intentions, a crime was committed and must be taken all the way to the end.Recommend

  • Atif Khan
    Apr 30, 2016 - 3:23AM

    Jiyalas are the unique items available on the planet right now. They have no match. Who has any hope with these people anymore?Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Apr 30, 2016 - 3:41AM

    You cannot test security of airport by taking gun into the plane. Same rule should apply here too. The media team has committed a crime and must be punished. What media would have got if security official had killed the intruder? However security officials on duty should also be reprimanded..Recommend

  • Nida Ali
    Apr 30, 2016 - 4:33AM

    I dont care about Sindh Assembly. If a person enters with a gun and shots and kills members of assembly, then so be it. Good riddance. Sindh assembly doesnt do its job anyways, and they can taste their own medicine. Recommend

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