DI Khan jail break is failure of intelligence agencies: Khattak

Published: July 30, 2013
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa chief minister Pervez Khattak. PHOTO: FILE

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa chief minister Pervez Khattak. PHOTO: FILE

PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak attributed the Dera Ismail Khan jail break to a failure of intelligence agencies, and ordered an inquiry into the attack on Tuesday.

As many as 248 prisoners escaped as militants carrying heavy weapons stormed Dera Ismail Khan’s Central Jail.

The chief minister said that he would be travel to Dera Ismail Khan and inspect the prison. He has also directed authorities to increase security at prisons across the province.

Khattak said he was told that prison security had been increased, but despite the measures, the jail break took place. The attack on the hundred year old facility was blamed on weak security arrangements where inmates belonging to various banned organisations were held.

Earlier today, PTI Chairman Imran Khan said that the PTI needed some time to combat terrorism in Khyper Pakhtunkhwa (K-P). He said that K-P had no independent intelligence on terrorist attacks, but had to refer to the federal government for intelligence reports.

Nine people including six policemen were killed and 14 others injured in the audacious attack while four prisoners were also killed by security forces.

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  • Nadir
    Jul 30, 2013 - 4:21PM

    Yes federal government is responsible for everything, then what are you guys in power for?


  • Jul 30, 2013 - 4:45PM

    Its our Chief Justice’s fault, he was late in releasing these terrorists this time and terrorists had no option but to take action themselves.


  • Jibran
    Jul 30, 2013 - 4:48PM

    Ch Nisar is the most incompetent interior minister of all time. The intelligence agencies are totally non existent, not sure if it is deliberately being done. But very likely PMLN may use its militant wings to consume the KPK into lawlessness. Petty politics at the cost of national damage is the hallmark of PMLN.


  • Khurram
    Jul 30, 2013 - 4:51PM

    IB belongs to Police and Police is a Provincial matter for Mr Khattak’s Information. ISI is not responsible for local intelligence as they have many other things to do. In the budget of KPK Police reforms have been neglected totally and only Education was the focal point so i think they should blame themselves for this approach as well.


  • True Indian
    Jul 30, 2013 - 4:51PM

    Mistake number _ _ _ by the supposedly world’s no. 1 Intelligence Agency. Fill in the blanks.


  • Cheema
    Jul 30, 2013 - 5:05PM

    Well in the past PTI blamed the Punjab Police and Elite unite for failures in Punjab and now despite the fact we know that Police is controlled by Provinces after 18th Amendment he is blaming someone else is out of my comprehension. If some attack in Punjab is the failure of Punjab Police then any attack in KPK is the failure of local Police. All News channels have already reported that Agencies informed the Government of an Attack on any Jail but KPK was in deep sleep then. Why after the Attack no Elite Police Unit arrived at the scene and how come No Reinforcements of Police were made for many hours is a complete failure of KPK Police.Recommend

  • Khurram
    Jul 30, 2013 - 5:13PM

    Now all people will start bashing ISI and Army due to ignorance and Provincial Governement will remain Scott free We should know Pakistan has mainly three Investigative Agencies. One is FIA ( Federal Investigation Agency ) , Second is IB ( Intelligence Bureau ) and the third is ISI ( Inter Services Intelligence). ISI is mainly responsible to protect the International Borders and to fail any Espionage on a larger scale and within the Army. IB is responsible for Local Intelligence and Protection of Police Infrastructure including Jails is one of their duties. It is not the responsibility of ISI to proect Jails and government buildings and IB which is Controlled by KPK Government could not run away from their Responsibilities
    IB have FIOs ( FIeld Intelligence Officers ) who are on the ground everywhere in Pakistan and in every region and they must be scrutinized for failure to locate and inform about the movement of more than 100 Taliban.


  • Riaz
    Jul 30, 2013 - 5:14PM

    Security is a provincial subject. Its no use pointing fingers at intelligence agencies and federal govt for your own shortcomings.


  • Sam
    Jul 30, 2013 - 5:22PM

    @Jibran: Grow up Dude. Immature Imran Khan and his Immature Followers. Hah


  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jul 30, 2013 - 5:23PM

    Intelligence agencies are well aware that terrorist supporters are in power. Naukari Piyari.


  • Sry
    Jul 30, 2013 - 5:25PM

    Looks like CM Khattak is learning fast, When you fail to fulfill your own responsibility , blame it on the agencies…


  • Asad Khan
    Jul 30, 2013 - 5:25PM

    Please don’t blame the intelligence agencies for that as they informed you two weeks earlier. Also this is not the incident of the prison break in KPK. KPK government especially IK should consider them first terrorist and then work out a plan with the federal government instead of chanting the slogan of rigging the election!!!


  • Real Jutt
    Jul 30, 2013 - 5:27PM

    Punjab Police who protects the Jail have Night Vision Devices, Infrared Cameras to locate people from a Longer distance, Quick Reaction Squad in case of Attack and Trained SNIPERS to took any Terrorist to task before he will reach the boundaries. Punjab government equipped their police by their own budget but where is KPK Government and why Police is not Equipped At all:?: Does KPK Police have any Snipers, Night Vision Devices and Infrared Cameras.? Mr Imran Khan knows Provincial Autonomy very well and lack of even basic equipment of protection just tell us that KPK Government is totally failing in its duties. .Recommend

  • Muhammad Usman
    Jul 30, 2013 - 5:28PM

    O bhai what was police force doing. what was the response after attack. khattak is a looser.
    where was the quick response team.


  • Pir Roshan
    Jul 30, 2013 - 5:31PM

    KP needs super intelligence agency with strong network in FATA. It should report only to KP Government. This will require substantial funding running in multiple billions. Probably the Federal Govt of Pakistan is unable to afford these sort of expenses. Therefore, KP Govt shall apeal to the citizen for raising this sort of funds. Greater responsibility shall be placed on people of PK & FATA for rasining funds. Any help from US/NATO/UN will also be appreciated. We need to stop this sensless killing in Pashtunkhwa. The alternative is to have peace treaty with TTP & accept all their demands at the Government level of Pashtunkhwa. This way they may spare Pshtunkhwa. Rest of the Pakistan, we will leave upto ISI.


  • startrek
    Jul 30, 2013 - 5:35PM

    This is naya Pakistan as promised by PTI.in its election campaign.Recommend

  • Jul 30, 2013 - 5:48PM

    Why you are bluffing the nation? Admit, it was criminal negligence by the KPK Government. Terrorist brigade cozily reached North Waziristan after this brazen attack say it was also intelligence failure. Ya it is your intelligence failure.


  • Tariq
    Jul 30, 2013 - 5:58PM

    @Pir Roshan:
    The problem is that FATA is under federal government, which is doing absolutely nothing to combat and contain terrorism. According to Shahbaz Sharif, they share the same ideology. Due to the proximity of KPK to FATA, they can mount attacks, and then immediately retreat to safe heavens. Precisely what ANP continued to complain all along.


  • LUMS
    Jul 30, 2013 - 6:13PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad: Uffffffffff! Are u for Real? No, I am mean REALYY?


  • MFaisal
    Jul 30, 2013 - 6:13PM

    Now KPK govt is involved in spreading terrorism… how can this be done without involvement of Govt and Jail staff??… highly disappointed by PTI for the blunders they are doing now a days… and soon more to come more to come


  • Ahmad Khan
    Jul 30, 2013 - 6:15PM

    Imran Khan is still bragging about talking to these people who are the worst ever enemies of Pakistan and who even do not recognise the constitution of the country and more than any thing else these are not the type of people who belive in a negotiated solution. The only thing they believe in is violence against all those who do not agree with them. Pakistanis are waiting for a reaction by Imran Khan whose party would blame the former ANP government for any such attacks in the past. Now, it’s Mr. khan’s party which is leading the KPK government.


  • MFaisal
    Jul 30, 2013 - 6:17PM

    Totally agree with Asad khan…. this was informed by Agencies ealier even 2 weeks ago… now shame on this OLD YOUTH P. Khattak… he should resign and so does IK…


  • Pak
    Jul 30, 2013 - 6:17PM

    @True Indian: If you means ISI, they are not responsible for local intelligence.


  • rizwan
    Jul 30, 2013 - 6:36PM

    Shifting blame will not help pti. Face the challenge and step down if u can not deliver.


  • Jul 30, 2013 - 6:37PM

    Nice. Let’s ignore the actual organization that committed this crime.


  • Polpot
    Jul 30, 2013 - 6:46PM

    “He said that KPK had no independent intelligence on terrorist attacks”
    Ditto for Money Foreign Policy & Army:).


  • Aimal
    Jul 30, 2013 - 6:50PM

    Khattak is right. It is intelligence failure. No coordination, non sharing of information from federal to provincial govt….. This country is running by agencies. The others are in a complete darkness.


  • Rojer
    Jul 30, 2013 - 6:55PM

    90 days promise for counter terrorism is about to over Mr.Khan.


  • Raj - USA
    Jul 30, 2013 - 7:02PM

    It is not a failure of intelligence agencies but failure of intelligence of many in Pakistan.
    In another column on the same news, a reader had this to say in his comment.
    Here is his comment.

    8 hours ago

    The day our naive public sided with red mosque brigade after listening to fiery speeches of tv anchors along with ppp , pml(n) and pti star membership , I knew that game is over. Now its only a matter of time , people of Pakistan had taken unwise decision that time and now they can only see the fabric of the society tear apart slowly. Alas ! Only if we would have stopped the menace in bud instead of letting it mushroom.


  • Farid
    Jul 30, 2013 - 7:09PM

    Everything is everyone else’s fault for PTI and KPK. It’s KPK governments fault period.
    PTI can’t do anything but blame and protest. Pakistan is Getting sick now.


  • Saim
    Jul 30, 2013 - 7:16PM

    same old….same old….did any one ever before accepted his fault that khattak should accept !

    Cheers….forget it and wait for next episode of “Saas bhi kabhi bahu thi”


  • naeem khan Manhattan,Ks
    Jul 30, 2013 - 7:30PM

    No Sir, it is your responsibility because the jails come under your jurisdiction, fire the minister who was in charge of the jails in KP. The fact is that there was another daring jail break in Bannu if I recall correctly, so how come the security was so laxed. It was said before that some one inside the jail system comprised that attack and now it happened again and these criminals are running around free and will inflect lot of misery on the people in KP and rest of Pakistan. If no heads will roll then it shows how incompetent the Chief Minister and his government is.


  • Mj
    Jul 30, 2013 - 7:42PM

    Naya Pakistan, somehow worse than the old Pakistan.


  • Ahmed
    Jul 30, 2013 - 7:42PM

    Sorry Mr. Khattak don’t pass on buck to others, it’s your government n IK failure. You both should have enough grace to accept when things go wrong in your home province.


  • Ali
    Jul 30, 2013 - 7:45PM

    In pakistan its difficult to identify who is militant and who is police/army because there is no as such difference.


  • np
    Jul 30, 2013 - 7:53PM

    @Saim: “same old….same old….did any one ever before accepted his fault that khattak should accept !”

    Well if PTI wil also practice same old, they should not call themselves the vanguards of naya Pakistan. They are proving to be no different from purana Pakistan.


  • Assad
    Jul 30, 2013 - 8:47PM

    @True Indian:
    True to your colours, you are clueless. This is not the job of ISI as you infer. The local IB is responsible for intelligence about groups within the province.


  • Babloo
    Jul 30, 2013 - 8:54PM

    Drones rule the skies.
    Militants rule the land.
    Economy in tatters.
    What good are those nukes ?


  • Ishrat Salim
    Jul 30, 2013 - 9:31PM

    Our present Police force is no match of these terrorists in terms of training, arms etc, so how could these Police force confront these terrorists ? Unless we accept these facts we will never be able to improve our forces to confront these elements.


  • MSP
    Jul 30, 2013 - 9:33PM

    Shame. Can’t even own up to one’s own incompetencies. Kahan se NayaKPK hai yeh? Same garbage, new wrapper.


  • kumar
    Jul 30, 2013 - 9:45PM

    nuclear warheads will be their next target.


  • Anon
    Jul 30, 2013 - 9:49PM

    Earlier today, PTI Chairman Imran Khan said that the PTI needed some time to combat terrorism in Khyper Pakhtunkhwa (K-P).

    Whats with the negativity in the comments? Are you guys seriously criticising PTI for not having revamped the entire police/security structure of the province and brought up standards within less than a hundred days?!

    Give them six months at least before jumping up to conclusions!


  • Fateh Mohammed
    Jul 30, 2013 - 9:56PM

    Its a significant national failure all round ; no one can be singled out for it . Some
    people call it failing state others use for it epithet of failed state . The Govt continues to
    seek consensus and makes call for all parties conference clearly an ostentatious show of
    muddle headed ness . What is the purpose of this great majority in Parliament ? It is a free for all . Dump the state craft source out governance and go in for Aitekaf and or
    let the state be on its way to Somalia .


  • Polpot
    Jul 30, 2013 - 9:58PM

    “DI Khan jail break is failure of not supplying the due share of electricty: Khattak”
    It was pitched dark in the prison and there was no way of making out the militants.
    Hence failure of the NS Govt.


  • unbelievable
    Jul 30, 2013 - 10:03PM

    Wouldn’t it be refreshing if someone in Pakistan took responsibility for something going wrong?


  • Polpot
    Jul 30, 2013 - 10:21PM

    @Babloo: Sir I present to you the Mirza Ghalib award.
    Kahte hain ki Ghalib ka hai andaze bayaan aur.


  • Jul 30, 2013 - 10:23PM

    Do not blame the IB, ISI and FIA, let us blame our fate.


  • Jul 30, 2013 - 10:26PM

    CM Saab its also the failure of PTI government in KPK… Didn’t it????


  • wiss
    Jul 30, 2013 - 10:46PM

    TTP killed ANP workers and leaders indulging in pre-poll riging off sorts. It brought in PTI government. Now PTI has paid it back by releasing TTP prisoners. What is so surprising?


  • F Khan
    Jul 30, 2013 - 10:59PM

    This is not the first kind of an event in DIK Jail where high profile terrorist have escaped. It proves three things:
    1. Total failure of provincial administration including police and intelligence agencies with security forces.
    2. There is some definite ‘inside job’.
    3. I salute the five policemen who laid their lives in defending a jail. Just try to gauge the depression the police and jail staff would be having. Either the govt of Pakistan release them for talks with US/Afghan govt or they escape with the help of their own colleagues.None of the rascals are ever punished except being kept in jails.
    I am sure these things will now increase with a friendly PTI government in KP.So pakistanis fasten your seat belts for more horror and terror.


  • lol'd
    Jul 30, 2013 - 11:29PM

    While they should be given time, there should be some will to combat this menace. So far what we get from the KPK govt is failing to recognise the problem (Yousafzai’s statements), PK saying that since Taliban talk about bring shariah they cannot be stopped. And even if we look at the what practical measures are being taken, the police budget went up by mere 1% this time in the province. Given how ill equiped the police is in KPK to deal with these issues that was a mistake. So the negativity comes from these factors. When ppl feel that the govt is not serious to address the issues they will critisize .


  • arzal ahmed
    Jul 30, 2013 - 11:39PM

    Now we can understand what a “GUARANTOR” mean.


  • wiss
    Jul 31, 2013 - 12:34AM

    @Anon: They are the ones that said that things could be turned around in 19 days. Parvez Khattak also gave a statement against PML-N when there was a drone strike 2 days after Nawaz took office. Perhaps PTI should extent the same courtesy to others that it expects from them?


  • Polpot
    Jul 31, 2013 - 5:46AM

    If I were a Bangladeshi I would thank Allah for the breakup in 1971.
    Poverty may be there but at least not this mind numbing violence.


  • jack
    Jul 31, 2013 - 9:07AM

    I will file an online FIR for this incident !


  • Saim
    Jul 31, 2013 - 11:42PM

    same old….same old….

    old circus………new jokers……..but thats not as boring…..the most boring fact is that even the dialogues are same old……….


  • np
    Aug 1, 2013 - 12:36AM

    Clearly Parvez Khattak is lying when he says it was intelligence failure. This article in Dawn gives details about how specific and actionable the intelligence was. The provincial government simply failed to act. http://www.dawn.com/news/1033064/jailbreak-it-wasnt-an-intelligence-failure-for-once

    When the attck had just occurred, they were lying again. http://tribune.com.pk/story/584127/living-in-denial-istan/

    Then to deflect blame from the jailbreak and the fake education degree, Imran attacks EC and judiciary.

    Naya Pakistan seems to be worse than Purana Pakistan.


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