LAHORE: In case the moats in front of jails were not widened after the Bannu jailbreak, the latest memo from intelligence agencies should be a good reminder.
To release their accomplices, Taliban and al Qaeda affiliated terrorists have finalised plans to carry out attacks on 12 jails across the country, intelligence agencies have warned jail authorities, police and other law enforcement agencies (LEAs), The Express Tribune has learnt.
Militants are in the process to execute attacks on jails to get their accomplices freed, along the lines of the Bannu jailbreak, according to the intelligence report.
While the preparation in some cases is almost complete, in other cases, militants are acquiring information from inmates through mobile communication, the report says.
Militants have acquired lists of terrorists – with cell, room and barrack numbers – in each of the 12 jails, and details of existing security arrangements in and around the jails, the report adds.
Who’s on the hit list?
The report says that six jails of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, including the Haripur, Bannu, DI Khan, Peshawar and Kohat central jails and Sadda jail in Kurram Agency, are on the hit list.
The Adiala jail in Rawalpindi, Kot Lakhpat in Lahore and the Faisalabad and Multan central jails have also been cited as most vulnerable.
Meanwhile, the Karachi and Quetta central jails also face potent threat, according to the report.
Warning to jails
After receiving these reports, a warning letter has been issued by the National Crisis Management Cell of the interior ministry to the provincial home department, provincial police chiefs, inspector general of prisons and provincial heads of other LEAs.
The warning letter states that these jails have appeared in various threat warnings, and inmates in these prisons are still in contact with their associates through cell phones.
The letter suggests reviewing and ramping up existing security arrangements in and around jails.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 12th, 2012.