Growing threats in Northern Sindh away from Security radar

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By Naimat Khan

KARACHI: Though one of the most dangerous Zones, comprising Jacobabad – the city that was hit by violence this Moharam – , Shikarpur and Sukkar, it has always been put behind while doing planning for maintaining of peace in province, insiders in police force and Sindh homes office say.

Away from the capital, bordered by the troubled Baluchistan with growing evident presence of Indian spy agency, RAW and having unskilled law enforcing force, the cities of Northern Sindh, including Jacobabad, Sukkar and Shikarpur, are fast becoming safe heavens of terrorists, a senior police officer, better called whistleblower, told The Frontier Post on the condition not to be named.

On the contrary, the police official told, there was no planning rather willingness to plan anything for the troubled Zone, which is most likely to become another Waziristan in near future.

Currently, a police team is present in the Jacobabad city to probe the mourning blast this Moharam on 24 October, which left 20 people died besides hurting many others.

Earlier this year in January, a suicide blast in Shikarpur city, some 40 kilometers away from Jacobabad, had left 57 people died. One of the bloodiest terrorists, the blast, was later believed to the work of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, the sectarian outfit killing people of the opposite Shia sect.

In January 2013 a blast near the shrine of Ghazi Shah, some ten kilometer away of Shikarpur city, had killed four, including a Gaddi Nasheen of the Dargah, police said. A large number of devotees from Baluchistan and Sindh visit this Dargah, which belonging to Shia school of thought.

A month later the car of Pir Saeen Hussain Shah, an elder of the Barelvi School of thought, was attacked with the bomb in Jacobabad area of the Sindh. Shah escaped assassination the bid, which took the life of his grandson.

In May 2013, reports state, a suicide bomber had attacked the convoy of politicians Ibrahim Jatoi, however, he remained unhurt in assassination bid due to his bulletproof car.

On 24 July 2013, the office of ISI was attacked in Sukkar. Two bombers were also killed in the attack. The proscribed Teheek-e-Taliban Pakistan’s Mehmand Chapter had claimed responsibility of the blast. On 17 December 2010, two police personal and the suicide bombers were killed when the later tried to enter the ‘mourning Majlis’ arranged by Jatoi family of the Shikarpur, a report stated.

If this turbulent past was not enough to alert the authorities, who focused their attention on big cities like Karachi and Hyderabad, there were clear information that the troubled region, comprising Shikarpur, Sukkar, and Jacobabad, will be attack.

None other than Director General Rangers Major General Bilal Akbar, while briefing the meeting, a day before the 9th Moharam, informed that in Jacobabad, Shikarpur, Sukkur and Khairpur 104 vulnerable points have been identified, a handout stated, which was also emailed to this scribe.

“Though senior investigators from Karachi are present in Jacobabad to investigate the suicide bomb, it’s hard that their efforts may yield any concert results”, said a source, adding the highly untrained police staff had already spoiled the evidences due to lack of experience.

The troubled region, police sources said, required immediate attention due to three important elements. The cities are near Balochistan border whereas no check post has been setup to filter the influx of terrorists from the south-western province, with huge presence of agents of Indian intelligence agency, RAW, sources said.

The authority has never paid attention to this point.

There is only one forensic lab in the province, in its capital Karachi, which takes hours to be reached from the troubled Zone. No training regarding how to collect forensic evidences, how to preserve them and how to transport them for 100 percent accurate results has been provided to any officials deputed in the region. “As a result the evidences are spoiled” a whistleblower said.

Most of the trained investigators are deployed in the Karachi, which is away from the northern part of the city, sources said.

Published in The Frontier Post

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Author: Naimat

Karachi based journalist, writing on national and international issues.

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