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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Officials in LEAs have sectarian affiliations, report reveals

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KARACHI: There are officials of the Law Enforcement Agencies who have sectarian leanings and affiliations, this startling and shocking revelation has been made in a report of Pakistani intelligence agencies, which have advised provinces not to post such officials on duty for security of the Moharram processions.

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“The officials of LEAs with visible sectarian leanings and affiliations may not be deputed for Moharram duties”” reads a NACTA letter to the provinces which also suggests several measures for ensuring peaceful culmination of the Moharram processions.

The authority in its letter dated 22 October 2014 has also expressed its fears of a clash in Pindi on 10th Moharram, instructing that to avoid such clashes religious seminaries in the capital’’s sister city, Karachi and other sensitive parts of the country should be closed from 5th to till 10 Moharram.

“Special security measures may be taken in and around Rawalpindi, particularly at Jamia Taleem-ul-Quran, Raja Bazaar in view of the likely observance of the anniversary of the killings in 2013 on 10th”, it stated.

The provincial homes offices have been advised to ensure strict security and proper sweeping of procession routes besides removing provocative wall chalking. A complete ban over the use of loudspeaker and ban over provocative speeches have also been advised.

Besides, the administrations of procession have also been advised to culminate the processions before 4pm in the daylight. Deputing police on rooftops, ensuring ban on pillion riding and installations of CCTV cameras in sensitive areas are also among the recommendations. The PEMRA has also been asked to ensure balanced reporting of the Moharram events by the news channel.

Meantime, the Sindh Home Secretary Dr Niaz Ali Abbas Friday expressed fears of terrorist attacks on Moharram processions in Karachi, which he said may be carried out through water tankers, oil tankers, ambulances and DCNG vans of Media.

This story was originally published here

TTP dispatches bombers to target mourning processions

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Naimat Khan

KARACHI: The proscribed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has dispatched suicide bombers for terrorist activities across Pakistan during the upcoming Moharram, a threat alert issued here on Thursday reveals.

According to credible sources in the Sindh’s home department both the Sindh Rangers and Sindh Police have been directed to ensure taking special measures, extreme vigilance and heightened security for averting large scale suicide bombings. According to sources, the militant organization which is reportedly on the run due to Zarb-i-Azb operation has planned massive retaliation during Moharram.

Scan of security alert issued here on 23-10-2014
Scan of security alert issued here on 23-10-2014

Sources said the home department of Sindh sent alert through letter No SO (LE-II/HD/9-1/12014 here 23rd October 2014 wherein the law enforcers have been warned of the large scale suicide bombing in the province.

The provincial home department while citing intelligence reports has said that the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Commander Saeed Khan who is resident of Haider Khel has dispatched suicide bombers through Hilly area of Dawagar at Pak-Afghan border for terrorist activities during Moharram all over country.

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Suicide bombers prepared to bomb two mourning processions in Karachi: Report

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Naimat Khan

KARACHI: The proscribed outfits have planned to create a serious law and order situation during the upcoming Moharram by attacking the mourning processions in Karachi, warns a report by the intelligence agencies. Highly credible sources told that Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in collaboration with Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) has planned at least two suicide attacks on two different mourning processions in district west of the port city.

According to the report, a copy of which is also available to The Frontier Post, the TTP high command in Pakistan tribal belt has directed its auxiliaries in the seaside metropolis to carry out terrorist strikes in order to create harassment and disorder in the country.

In this connection, sources said, Khaleel, who is caretaker Ameer of MPR colony, has been directed by TTP leadership to target mourning gatherings during upcoming month of Muharram-ul-Haram 2014. Sources also revealed that Khaleel has also arranged two suicide waists weighing about 5/6 Kgs to be exploded through suicide bombers during the Moharram.

Sources further disclosed that the group has brainwashed and indoctrinated a youth identified as Muhammad Zameen, aged 18 years, who is student in a local seminary in MPR colony, Karachi for carrying out the suicide bombings.

Besides, a bomber has been arranged by Fazal Ghani, who is Ameer of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) Mastung, Balochistan. The second suicide bomber is being identified as Shabbir who is resident of Mastung, Balochistan. The intelligence agencies have asked the provincial government of Sindh and law enforcers to thwart the planned suicide attack on Shia mourners at Aik Number Chowrandi, Kala Maidan Ali Gadh colony Oragngi Town, Karachi. Sources said the second attack is being planned to be carried out at Imambargah Garam Chashama, Mangopir, near new Nazimabad Karachi.

Meantime, the provincial government has taken tightened measures for the security of Moharram processions.
It is pertinent to mention that around 32 people had been killed and more than 80 wounded when a bombs went off in 10th Muharram’s central mourning procession near Light House on MA Jinnah Road of Karachi in 2009.

The news story was originally published here