‘Terrorists may resort to using MAIEDs for attacks in Pakistan’

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Naimat Khan

KARACHI: Counter terrorism experts believe that the militants being hit hard by the armed forces, who have broken their backbone by seizing huge files of their arms, would resort to ‘easy in use’ technology, MAIED – Magnetically Attached Improvised Explosive Device to carry out their terrorists activities.

The Pakistan’s Armed Forces and other law enforcement agencies (LEAs) have seized huge file of arms and put a halt to their supply line, which can force the militants to use magnetically attached improved explosive devices (MAIEDs) for terrorist attacks and assassinations in near, told a counter terrorism expert.

Highly credible sources have informed that the law enforcement agencies operating across Pakistan have been warned by the interior ministry to keep this aspect of militants’ likely strategy for carrying out attacks.

“In order to make smaller, lighter and more efficient LEDs, terrorists are using magnetically attached improved explosive devices (MAIEDs) for attacks and assassinations, being essay to attach and conceal”, a letter sent to all four provincial home departments and police officials across the country reads. According to counter terrorism authority, these MAIEDS have been used by Taliban in the past and still being used by various militant groups operating from Afghanistan.

Magnets of computers hard drives are being used in these (MAIEDs) which are light in weight yet very powerful and can hold weight from 0.4 to 1 kilogram, sources said, adding to enhance the load carrying capacity, more than 1 magnet is being used for one MAIED.

Sources said that since militants explore different methods to conceal them, such as in Turbans, Sandals and Underwear/undergarments, it would be hard to deduct them except through modern metal detectors and other equipment which are hardly available with many law enforcers.

When contacted the head of Anti Terrorism Wing of Karachi police SSP Raja Umar Khittab, who has been handling the terrorism related cases for over decade now, said the technology has been used in around six acts of terrorism in Karachi till now.

He said in January last year, the devices used in MAIEDs, had been recovered during a raid in Korangi area of the city but since then it has not been used. When asked whether the militants can resort to this technology due effective operation against them during which their arms have almost ended, he said there are most chances that militants start using the technology.

He said in 2014 the device was used by a militant, named Kamran, associated with Harkatul Mujahideen Al Almi. The device was attached to the car of KESC officer, two oil containers and Car of navy officers which had left him and his wife hurt.

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CHANGING STRATEGY: Taliban plan to use Baloch, Punjabi bombers in next attack

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Naimat Khan

KARACHI: Contrary to the Army Public School massacre, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, the terrorists outfit operating in the country, has deputed Baloch and Punjabi bombers to carryout Peshawar like guerilla attack in Karachi, security sources inform.

“The Khan Zaman Group of proscribed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has planned to carry out a guerilla attack on the pattern of Peshawar massacre in Karachi”, the intelligence agencies warn provincial government of PPP.

According to credible sources the country’s intelligence agencies have informed the government of southern Pakistani province that as tightened security measures around the army public schools across the country have placed in the wake of Peshawar carnage, the terrorists have now changed their strategy and will hit civil educational institutions.

However, instead of dispatching foreign nationals and Pashtun ethnic militants who were used in the Peshawar terrorist attack, the Tehreek-e-Taliban’s KZ Group has dispatched three Baloch and four Punjabis to Karachi in order to carry out another lethal attack.

Since, the time and possible targets are unknown to the security officials, the law enforcers have been advised to take heightened security measures around all educational institutions in Karachi besides having an extreme vigilance over the activities in surroundings.

At least 148 people, including 136 schoolchildren, were killed in the Peshawar school massacre on 16th December last year which forced the federal government to take extra-ordinary measures, including the formation of military courts and extreme security measures for schools in the country.

In Sindh the government claimed to have taken security measures for the protection of schools but experts say the security level is not resistant to normal attack, leave aside a guerilla assault.

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‘Obstructing Swiss cases earns Bhounr Chairman Sindh Public Service Commission post’

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Naimat Khan
KARACHI: Although those looking for bright future in civil services have put their hopes in the newly appointed Chairman Sindh Public Service Commission, sources in foreign office Islamabad claim the former career diplomat, Mohammad Saleem Bhounr, has been picked up for the post due to his services for the PPP top leadership in Switzerland.

His predecessor, Justice (R) Dr. Agha Rafiq Ahmed Khan, former Chief Justice, Federal Shariat Court of Pakistan, was appointed as Chairman SPSC on June 9, 2014 for the period of five years.

Justice Rafiq, under whom the SPSC last year conducted screening tests of 18,000 candidates for the Provincial Civil Services (PCS) examination for around 210 posts of excise and taxation, labor and section officers and assistant commissioners disallowed his own son and daughter-in-law to appear in the screening tests for the sake of his integrity.

But, he was reportedly forced to resign when he refused to endorse direct appointments, made by the PPP Sindh Government. “Mr Bhounr was the ultimate choice for PPP” told an official in the Sindh Public Service Commission, believing the new appointment was aimed at getting the unfinished job done.

However, those in Islamabad and being aware of his track record, corruption allegations against him through his career and above all his dubious role in hindering the court’s orders to resume the Swiss cases against former president and Co-chairman Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Asif Ali Zardari, opines, the appointment has left one with little hope that he will meritoriously perform the daunting task ahead, the combined competitive examination 2014 that is likely to be held in March and April.

Hailing from Naushahro Feroze, the incumbent chairman SPSC, Mohammad Saleem Bhounr after serving in Pakistan Air Force selection centre and Foreign Service for almost 36 years, was appointed as ambassador of Pakistan in Switzerland, his last but most controversial stint.

Last year he was inducted to Sindh Public Service Commission (SPSC) as its member and after spending six months in the Commission with his predecessor, Justice (R) Agha Rafiq Ahmed, he managed to win the trust of PPP leadership in a short time as he was already in its good book, sources said.

“If this rich resume of trust was not enough, his blood relation with a PPP confidant earned him extra points”, sources said. Mohammad Saleem Bhounr’s Brother Gul Khan Bhounr, who had been looking after the financial matters of Pakistan People’s Party leadership, was given the security responsibility after Bilal Sheikh, Zardari’s top personal security officer in Karachi, got assassinated in a suicide attack on 10th June 2013.

In foreign Services, highly credible sources in Islamabad, told The Frontier Post that Mr Bhounr was superseded many times but finally returned back in BS-20 from where he with the blessing of ruling PPP, got the only ambassadorial assignment of his career.

After being posted as Pakistan ambassador in Berne during the peak time of Justice (R) Chaudhry Muhammad Iftikhar as Chief Justice of Pakistan, in which he sent pack home the then prime minister, Syed Yousif Raza Gilani, for the alleged contempt of court over non-execution of the court orders in Swiss Case, Bhounr was hindering the process at his end, sources claimed.

Back in the Swiss Capital Berne, Sources said, when a joiner officer, Hasnain Yousaf, who is now Deputy Director (Establishment-II) in Islamabad, tried to take the process ahead, he was not only stopped by Bhounr but called back through foreign office to Islamabad.

Later, in March 2013, Yousuf moved the apex court against the Foreign Office decision of recalling him to the country.

While citing the judgment in Anita Turab Case, he in his application stated the orders of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs were not in accordance with the posting/transfer policy for the missions abroad, contained in Establishment Secretary’s DO letter No 1/24/78, CP of September 30, 1978, which stipulated that transfer between Pakistan and foreign countries should be made only after three years.

“But his fate was decided”, sources said.

At least two different sources in the Foreign office, while talking to this scribe confirmed that Hasnain Yousuf was in a spate with Saleem Bhounr over the issues relating to corrupt practices and mismanagement at Pakistan Embassy Bern.

To get the version of Yousaf, contact was made but without contracting his row with Bhounr over mismanagement and Swiss case said he would responding later.

The incumbent Chairman Sindh Public Service Commission was not available for the comments.

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