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Policemen collect evidence outside a prison following a Taliban attack in Dera Ismail Khan July 30, 2013. — Photo by Reuters
Policemen collect evidence outside a prison following a Taliban attack in Dera Ismail Khan July 30, 2013. — Photo by Reuters

IF it was for intelligence information, Dera Ismail Khan’s Central Prison debacle should not have happened.

On July 27, a letter marked “secret” and “most immediate” by the country’s intelligence agency addressed to the commissioner, deputy commissioner, deputy inspector general of police, district police officer and the superintendent of Dera Ismail Khan central jail, stated: “It has been reliably learnt that miscreants namely Umer Khitab and his associates affiliated with Gandapur Group/TTP are planning to carry out terrorist attack against Central Jail – Dera Ismail Khan on the pattern similar to Bannu jailbreak in near future. According to information, miscreants are in possession of sketch/map of Jail and have reached in the vicinity of Dera Ismail Khan for this purpose.”

The letter went out the day skirmishes broke out inside the prison between prisoners and guards, which say some security officials, was probably the day the attack could have been launched.

To ensure that the letter reached its destination, properly signed receipts were also obtained from offices of the respective officers mentioned in the letter.

The warning was followed by another demarche to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa the following day, on July 28, from the National Crisis Management Cell, Ministry of Interior, Islamabad. The letter marked “secret” and “most immediate” “Threat Alert 699” said: “It has been learnt through reliable source that Umer Khitab, along with TTP elements, are planning to carry out Bannu jailbreak-like attack on Dera Ismail Khan Central Prison and for this purpose, the group has reached the vicinity of Dera Ismail Khan.”

The letter went to the KP Home Secretary, Peshawar, Provincial Police Officer, Additional Chief Secretary Fata, Inspector General of Frontier Corps, Inspector General, Prison, KP and Commandant Frontier Constabulary, KP, Peshawar.

To reinforce the urgency of the matter further, officers were again warned through text messages on Sunday to take appropriate security measures. As a consequence, civil and military officers visited the prison to work out a security plan. The home secretary followed up on the threat.

On July 29, hours before the most audacious attack on the prison located in the middle of a populated area, the Dera commissioner held a conference of all law-enforcement agencies and the civil administration to discuss the issue.

The intelligence was not merely confined to information about gathering of militants in Dera. The administration was warned that militants would be launching a three-pronged attack from Sabzi Mandi, Girls Degree College and Town Hall where they parked their 14 vehicles.

Also, the administration was told that militants might blow up power transmission line to cause a blackout and they were in possession of night vision goggles.

Additionally, they were told that the convergence of hardcore militants in 12-A Barrack inside the prison was a recipe for disaster and that immediate steps be taken for their dispersal. As it happened, 105 jail guards and 75 men from the Frontier Reserve Police (FRP) were least prepared to forestall the ferocious attack with rocket-propelled grenades, time devices, other explosives and heavy firearms.

The attack took place at around 11.30pm and went on till 2am – three hours with one hour inside the jail compound. The militants equipped with megaphones called out names of their brothers-in-faith and broke open their cells with explosive devices, all the while raising slogans of Allah-o-Akbar and TTP Zindabad. Then they went on a slaughtering spree, beheading four inmates, taking away heads of two of them.

In all, by the last count, 248 prisoners have escaped, among them 30 hardcore militants, including Qari Asif and Khalil, the group involved in bombing in Dera Ismail Khan that had left 25 mourners dead on the ninth and tenth of Muharram last year.

Law-enforcement agencies scrambled and the army was called in but what they found in pitched darkness were bodies of the slain prison guards, slaughtered and beheaded inmates, a strong stench of explosives and smouldering lockups. The hundred or so militants, along with a horde of escaped prisoners, melted away amid the ensuing mayhem and confusion. The incident has thus become the biggest jailbreak in Pakistan’s history.

NO LESSONS LEARNT: That no lessons were learnt from the Bannu jailbreak hardly comes as a surprise. Pakistanis as a nation, it appears, never learn from history, but what boggles the mind is that the administration would take its time to prepare for an assault which, it thought would come at a time of their choosing, said one official. They were upstaged by militants.

The irony is, according to a senior official, the civil and military authorities had done mock exercises, assigned specific tasks and roles and worked out a clear standard operating procedure of who was to do what. “On paper everything was worked out meticulously to prepare for both day and night assault. It was a video game played out in real time,” the official said.

What seems more bizarre, the minutes of the meeting presided over by the commissioner were properly recorded. “Everybody had taken the threat alert seriously,” the official said.

Light machinegun-mounted armoured personnel carriers and mobiles of the Elite Police force were deployed and guards deployed on rooftops.

But what happened was even more unbelievable. When the attack came, the mobiles disappeared along with the Elite force which was to stop the assault. The district police officer went to seek help from the brigade commander, but neither showed up. “The gun was there, but there was no one to pull the trigger,” an official said.

There was no breach of wall of the prison. The main gate remains intact and the guard manning the gate told investigators that when he saw the militants blowing up the APC and when they approached the gate and ordered him to open it he had no option but to open it. The militants walked in, made announcements on the megaphones and took away their men.

And to cap it all, the statements of the KP chief minister and his hand-picked Information Minister Shaukat Yousafzai that no intelligence was shared with KP on the Dera jail assault were brazenly misleading and untrue. “We could not have been more specific,” said an angry security official. It was incompetence and lack of preparedness, he said.

The answer to Dera jail debacle was not setting up another intelligence agency within the police at a cost of Rs3 billion, as the PTI chairman said on Tuesday as clearly, the intelligence was there. It was a tactical failure.

The Elite Police which had been assigned the task to guard the prison in view of the intelligence did not respond when the attack came. Neither was this an intelligence failure nor coordination failure. It was a failure of nerves and it all boils down to one stark reality: cowardice.

Comments (117) Closed

Syeda Jafri Jul 31, 2013 08:54am

What a shame for all the concerned authorities. All these concerned people will be responsible for more blasts & innocent killings these terrorists are trained to carry out.

Syed Jul 31, 2013 08:56am

A very well written article. The slaughtering and beheadings of the inmates must have been personal enmity between the inmates. I guess the elite force and DIK police should be awarded with glass bangles. Its a pitty how easily high profile criminals get to escape captivity from Bannu, Karachi and now DIK. They need to build a high security prison for these criminals, and if i am not wrong CM KPK has given orders for building one, but still the damage has been done, u never know what this Umer Khittab and his gang are planning to blow up now.

Waqar Ali Jul 31, 2013 09:01am

A country which posses most incompetent, untrained, low paid police, whose main goal is not to serve public but line their pockets with money, can not be expected to perform this mighty task. The self serving civil service staff has to think, if they can, out of the box, seek help from those (milatry) who have the knowledge, understanding, and will to mount a formidable defense, and reverse the table.

Hassan Jul 31, 2013 09:13am

come on please grow up and stop blaming each other, its high time that each and everyone start taking responsibility of their own work. We are becoming stooges now, our government, our law & enforcement agencies, our judiciary, our institutions all falling apart, non functioning. We blame others for calling us failed state but its a true fact, we have become a failed state.... We cannot protect our people, we cannot establish law and order in our country.... someone has to take responsibility and take immediate steps otherwise we will diminish....

Malik latif Jul 31, 2013 09:17am

I think the big mouth KP chief minister should resign along with the information minister and then the senior police officer should be fired

Iqbal Jul 31, 2013 09:29am

"The Elite Police which had been assigned the task to guard the prison in view of the intelligence did not respond when the attack came. Neither was this an intelligence failure nor coordination failure. It was a failure of nerves and it all boils down to one stark reality: cowardice".

nayyer Jul 31, 2013 09:42am

it was not intl' failure but it was intl' facilitation, looks like they were being facilitated by the agencies that "they are coming on so and so dates, times and routes, please facilitate"

noobguy Jul 31, 2013 09:45am

Politicians and office bearers have failed to win confidence of the security forces through their continued corruption and unmindful behavior towards the state, infact they keep their personal interests over state interests. Very few in such a situation would have a sense of patriotism towards the country. This is one example of such a reality.

wahab khattak Jul 31, 2013 09:46am

All of these officers who received this letter should be sent home including Information Minister KPK. We need to create precedence. I request PTI Govt. to drop an axe on all these officers and send them home in a disgrace manner. God bless Pakistan.

bangash Jul 31, 2013 09:47am

Excellent article. Why can't we have many more informative articles like these ? Fact is that TTP has won the battle in Pakistan and intimidated not only police and civilian government but the paramilitary forces as well. Perhaps only the Army is not scared of these militants but Army's performance has been poor also.

Noone to protect the innocent people of Pakistan.

muhammad Jul 31, 2013 09:52am

It is not an intelligence failure as our intelligence agencies have already informed the provincial government but what to do when people sitting in power are sympathetic to terrorists Imran Khan & its party PTI has always a soft corner for Taliban, TTP and for other terrorists groups for some reasons better known to him and his party leaders

vigilant Jul 31, 2013 10:14am

Heads must roll on this incompetency & lower cadre who did not respond must be taken to the task.......

Feroz Jul 31, 2013 10:19am

Nice long write up in support of the Intelligence Agencies. All those to whom such an alleged letter has been delivered should confirm that they received such a warning letter with all the specifics mentioned. Very doubtful that this is the case.

Pakistani Jul 31, 2013 10:41am

Nicely concluded.

We never learn. All this rubbish each day and every day of the year offers us so many things to learn, like standing up as a nation, to unite, to fight our fears and to work our way towards progress by building dams and stuff, but we never learn. Only thing we are good at (shamefully) is 'to beg'.

Looks like it to not about to change any time soon, not for atleast next 5 years.

sabeeh omer Jul 31, 2013 11:00am

All concerned officials who were informed of the threat and did nothing should be brought to task. Exemplary punishment should be meted out to them for their callous and negligent approach to an information of such gravity. But nothing will happen. One or two lower cadre officials would be suspended or transferred and the elite bunch of irresponsible officials would continue to enjoy the perks and privileges as if nothing has gone wrong. Until such time as "big heads" roll the same negligence will be demonstrated again and again. Meanwhile, be prepared to brace more attacks, more suicide bombings, more destruction at the hands of the hard core criminals that escaped so easily from the jail!

M Jul 31, 2013 11:48am

All the personnel who were there to guard the prison, but instead chose to leave and save their lives must be held accountable by the court of law for negligence of duty. Anyone presenting the argument that life is more precious than confronting these militants and facing death must know that these personnel knew of the risks associated with this job prior to their enlistment in the forces. The result of this negligence is before us. Who knows, today they targeted the jail. Next, these same militants mights target another strategic location and the security personnel deployed might conveniently leave their posts and leave the installation at the mercy of these hired mercenaries.

Suresh Jul 31, 2013 11:59am

It is very much true that Pakistan never learns from History. The authorities should realise that time is running out. Even now it is too late to take control. The Terrorism has taken deep roots. After NATO forces leave ,if the Taliban strikes, god only can save Pakistan. There is no doubt that Taliban must be preparing for an assault to take over the state or West Pakistan and parts of Afganistan after NATO leaves. If it is not prevented the entire region will suffer. The authorities in Pakistan fear for their lives only . The poor public suffer each time they strike. It appears that the democratically elected leaders are still unable to call the shots.

iqbal Khan Jul 31, 2013 12:00pm

Mr Ismail Khan

Well written .Thank you very much. Pakistan need writers like you who have courage to speak up to these cowards who just steal salaries and they are not qualified to do their jobs. Thank you Dawn for publishing this bold piece of writing. Taliban knew that the paper tigers (Pakistani police and administration) would not have galls to face them and they will waste time meeting and planning regardless of the intelligence information . Next time they will be coming for in -land prisons and I bet you they will be successful again, God help Pakistan.

Taufiq Rafiq Jul 31, 2013 12:06pm

Honorable Prime Minister

It is not a cricket play ground to run the government machinery, please for God sake, at least take the control of security system from so called PTI before they mess the province further.


Faiza Jul 31, 2013 12:50pm

Welcome to Naya Pakistan

Razi Jul 31, 2013 12:51pm

The article is not only eye opening but mind opening as well. The writer Ismail Khan has done his homework. He writes "as a nation, it appears, never learn from history". But I will put is "one thing we learnt from history that we never learn from history". I serious note the CM, CS & IGP must resign if they have any moral/ethical feelings.

Faraz M Jul 31, 2013 01:04pm

Very well-written, and lands the reader right at the heart of the matter.

Mostafa Jul 31, 2013 01:12pm

I do not agree that the failure was due to one single reason i.e. cowardice. Usually it happens that when such information is shared with the relevant organisation by the spying agency, it could turn wrong with chances equal to being right. The organisation resultantly gives it only a mild form of seriousness. The reason why the deployed personnel ran away can come under the domain of cowardice, but it is well justified when such personnel see huge flock of equipped militants coupled with the reason that bravery & valor of security personnel in past has gone unnoticed.

Saleem Jul 31, 2013 01:27pm

I am very upset to see that we didn't responded even when we have the intelligence. It was still acceptable if we didn't have intelligence. Having known the specific threat, the plans of the militants, it is a crime that KPK govt. didn't took any concrete measures. Some heads must roll & may be right on top.

Iqbal Jul 31, 2013 02:16pm

Brilliant piece. Thank you for summing it up so nicely.

Saad Jul 31, 2013 02:31pm

So true, Cowardice it is ! and shame

bilal khan Jul 31, 2013 02:41pm

Very well written

MMS (USA) Jul 31, 2013 03:05pm

The forces are cowards. Have always said it and will always say it. Make a change.

Ali Jul 31, 2013 03:07pm

Security officials, especially elite squad just disappeared before the attack, sounds like either they were paid to leave or they were scared. If it was earlier then its shameful but if its latter than its troubling if security forces are scared of militants' might, then who will restore peace?

raza Jul 31, 2013 03:32pm

well written, this time Moharram will be more tough!

Naya Pakistan Jul 31, 2013 03:48pm

DI Khan debacle should not happen, Bannu debacle should not b hapen, Sukkar attack should not happen, daily casualties in KPK and Karachi should not be happen, the Abbot Abbad operation should not happen. It will be happening because we in the day time working so Hard that we could not continue in the Night. who is doing what in the Night with our beloved Pakistan-----NO PROBLEM-----WE WILL SIMPLY CONDEMN AT MORNING AFTER TAKING A COOL REST.

Sorry for any Hurt:

Ali_S Jul 31, 2013 03:49pm

To be honest, you never reeally quoted any sources. For all we know, you could just be lying. And after the exposing of the dirty tactics the media plays to influence its people, I wouldn't be surprised if you actually were lying about the whole thing.

Farooq Jul 31, 2013 03:51pm

Ostrich syndrome Jul 31, 2013 03:58pm

The CM and his cabinet should resign if they have any sense of responsibilty and human dignity.

AR Jul 31, 2013 04:06pm

So Mr. Khattak should resign with a big shame for lying and cover up.

Syed Jul 31, 2013 04:32pm

An eye opener. And a reminder to PTI chief Imran Khan to stop confusing people and himself, and make his government in KPK to take action.

Mohammad Iqbal Jul 31, 2013 04:45pm

The PTI Govt. of KPK, disappointed millions of PTI supporters. Is this their good governance which they are trumpting day and night? I was a staunch supporter of PTI, but now I have many reservations on their so called successes.

Afzal Mir Jul 31, 2013 04:52pm

We should all feel ashamed. My suggestion is to sack Chief Minister of KP alongwith his cabinet and put them in jail along with Inspector General of police and all SPs working in DIK.

waleedfakhar Jul 31, 2013 04:52pm

people now will have to brook and bear the consequences for voting pro -taliban party in kpk.

Syed Jul 31, 2013 05:01pm

Best analysis on this event. Thumps Up.

Faisal Ashfaq Jul 31, 2013 05:14pm

All we need now is a little bit of guts and courage. The excuse of intelligence failure has been made intencively in the past but the fact is one should always be prepared for these type of attacks if not then what good are the prison guards.

jawad Jul 31, 2013 05:20pm

@bilal khan: That is all you have to say?

asgher Jul 31, 2013 05:27pm

Mr.Kerry araha hai america say and we to show him that we need more money to keep our jails secure to keep terrorists inside otherwise it is very easy for anybody to beak the jail and escape

After this incident kerry will be pushed to bring extra bucks for his hungry babies in pakistan

jawad Jul 31, 2013 05:35pm

Why did the Elite force disappear? Does it not ring a bell? All the facts are out in the open. Change the police force; deploy police force from other areas so they miscreants can not build connections with police men. Another problem is that police are afaid of their own families. It is not incopetence; it is a much bigger problem. Why don't they keep these high profile prisoners in un-disclosed locations?

xulf Jul 31, 2013 05:36pm

As a PTI supporter, lets do the right thing...lets own responsibility. Khattak claiming not to know about intelligence cannot absolve himself...not knowing is no excuse. He should either resign himself or sack the politician responsible for the security of the province. Let it be known that being in government is a heavy responsibility and if you are not upto it let somebody else take over. If we don't do it than there is no difference between PTI and other corrupt political parties

Usman Jul 31, 2013 05:38pm

we as a nation are doomed for sure! It's only a matter of time now and by the looks of recent events, that time ain't far.

KTShamim Jul 31, 2013 05:39pm

What is the source of all this information??? Where is this info from?

I don't think anyone is brave either but this article makes major claims.

Inam ul haq Jul 31, 2013 05:41pm

Most people can turn out to be coward or brave depending on their motivation.Motivation to be in list of shuhadaa or just randomly killed. What motivation will the police have when even KP government disowns war on militants and remains apologetic.

Inam ul haq Jul 31, 2013 05:40pm

Most people can turn out to be coward or brave depending on their motivation.Motivation to be in list of shuhadaa or just randomly killed. What motivation will the police have when even KP government disowns war on militants and remains apologetic.

zaffar Jul 31, 2013 05:51pm

It seems that terrorists are ruling and the govt.has got cold feet.I do hope Imran Khan

Ashwin Jul 31, 2013 05:56pm

Pakistan is going down.. Kuch nhi ho sakta is desh ka.. Cheers!!

Dr Haseeb Ahmed Jul 31, 2013 06:17pm

EXCELLENT Mr .writer.Elite force and other security men who showed negligence ,and ran away should be suspended and strict action should be taken against them .There is no place of such cowards in in our security Agencies.

Inam ul haq Jul 31, 2013 06:18pm

Most people can turn out to be coward or brave depending on their motivation.Motivation to be in list of shuhadaa or just randomly killed. What motivation will the police have when even KP government disowns war on militants and remains apologetic.

AHA Jul 31, 2013 06:29pm

"It was a failure of nerves and it all boils down to one stark reality: cowardice."

I don't think so. I think self-preservation is the real reason. No one really knows who the Taliban really are and who exactly supports them. So why should one put oneself at risk against these Taliban when one does not know who exactly would come after them for fighting against the Taliban.

Willy Jul 31, 2013 06:48pm

I wonder if the nuclear arsenal could be as this ? On paper it is a very well system, but if it ever needs to be activated, that is the switch push, will it work?

Afif Naeem Jul 31, 2013 06:57pm

This police is only capable of beating the innocent citizens protesting against the load shedding. Sad, but true.

sumbal Jul 31, 2013 07:05pm

Summed up nicely,it was cowardice .the folly was compounded by refusing to accept the blame.imran khan and PTI government should accept the blame.

tariq Jul 31, 2013 07:23pm

good article: clearly depicts the pathetic state of affairs of our nation, lack of leadership and underfunded security forces.

Hasnain Haque Jul 31, 2013 08:03pm

Why is anyone surprised, there is no institution or organisation in Pakistan which is effective, competent, honest and well run. It is as simple as that. When a nation has no pride and greed takes over then there is absolutely no hope.

Areeb Jul 31, 2013 08:50pm

Brilliant and very comprehensively written!

pakistani Jul 31, 2013 09:00pm

Now we need to learn from it, G_d save the country.

akram Jul 31, 2013 09:03pm

what a cock up! someone high up should be sacked. They knew it was about to happen but someone was asleep on the job. This also begs the questions who moved the police mobiles?

Nadeem Jul 31, 2013 09:03pm

All these officials (i.e. commissioner, deputy commissioner, deputy inspector general of police, district police officer and the superintendent of Dera Ismail Khan central jail) should be dismissed from their jobs for their colossal failure to act upon the most precise information. These officials should be arrested and investigated for possible links with the terrorists.

Nizamuddin Ali Jul 31, 2013 09:10pm

Who is going to jail. At least all the people in charge including DIG should be fired and tried in court. Jul 31, 2013 10:01pm

it is more of collusion than cowardice.

scholar Jul 31, 2013 10:44pm

Cowards die many times before their death.

scholar Jul 31, 2013 10:46pm

Waqas Ahmad Jul 31, 2013 10:46pm

A moment of silence for all those who voted PTI in KPK for peace and stability. PTI is clearly confused what to do with terrorists.

Ahmer Jul 31, 2013 10:50pm

Was the information not shared with the Army? If it was, what did the entire brigade located in DIK do?

khan Jul 31, 2013 10:54pm

Our PTI govt. will fix it. Just give it some time.

Mike Jul 31, 2013 11:13pm

This tells you who is in charge of this country. Militant rules the nation and law enforcement are scared of their life. Life has no value in Pakistan.

Why should the law enforcement die for the nation that has no leadership, no backing, no support. Leaders will blame law enforcement and then hide behind their protection. They are only concerned about their own security but provide not enough tools to those who protect them and the nation.

It is said but life has no value in Pakistan.

Saravanan Jul 31, 2013 11:35pm

Saddening article. Pakistan's resilience and character are tested, and for the sake of humanity, the nation should overcome the current state of turmoil...

Rizwan Jul 31, 2013 11:39pm

Everything is clear. Any one can clearly understand what has happened

danial Jul 31, 2013 11:45pm

Only one thing we learn from history that no one learn from history.

Mansoor Jul 31, 2013 11:48pm

It is a alarming situation when no one is safe out. I think we the ordinary public required to be locked inside the Jails and TTP officials needs to be out safe guarding prisons. Looks like we are going towards this situation.

M aslam Aug 01, 2013 12:15am

This incident show the capability and sincerty of PTI Government in KPK

Jehanzeb Aug 01, 2013 12:26am

Very informative and eye opening. This does not bear well for PTI.They have to come clean on this. Some senior politicians must loose their jobs and this must be made an example of accountability

Abeda Mueed Aug 01, 2013 12:35am

Why are these terrorists kept in jails when they are caught? Why are they not hanged promptly so that a deterrant can be established and a message can be conveyed to the terrorists? When these terrorists are caught, they are displayed on the tv screens with their faces covered so that the public cannot recognize them and they can walk free when they manage to escape, or better said, when they are let go. Do the athorities think we people are fools? Their fardulant ways and half hearted attempts at stopping crime is not hidden from the public.

Ahmed Abdullah Aug 01, 2013 12:48am

excellently written article but cowardice on part of whom? Heads must roll of the leadership ( of all types) responsible for the debacle. The spectacular jail break puts serious question mark on the response capability of our law enforcement agencies. What next ???????

kulukkubaba Aug 01, 2013 03:00am

Excellent writing. Just shows what a miserable nation pakistan is. If there is any shame left in its people, they will all die hanging! But then, why would they? For they have no shame at all!

Silajit Aug 01, 2013 03:05am

Moral of the story: Intelligence Agencies good. Elite Police force bad. Obvious, right?

However, do we know what kind of equipment the Elite Police Force and Mobiles were provided to counter the RPGs, what happened in the 3 hours that the fight went on, who was notified, why was support insufficient? How many false warnings come from the Intelligence Agencies for every single good warning? Offhand I can think of a zillion false alarms about a foreign hand for all internal issues in Pakistan. So I'd like more information before concluding that they're above reproach.

zia Aug 01, 2013 03:33am

cowardice in front of 150 militants who have prepared their mind either to be dead or complete tthe task??. they were quiped with the ornaments which are used in wars and only army is having that i dont think so the jail officials have ever seen those armory.another important issue that some body knows that what is the training level of prison staff ? are they capable to deal with terriorist both in musketry and weapon wise?? the answer is no>>> the reason is that the govt has never considered this deptt as top level and sensitive one the prison services are unpopular and thankless they have never been given importance as other sister services do have.similarly the prison deptt always being deprived with their righte and honour ,they are lacking promotion service structure facilities etc, and most of all powerless organization. in this perticular jail break i personally feel that when prison staff observed the back step activity of elite force they got further demoralized and choose not to resist the break as every body could have died....the main issue is to restructure all the law enforcing institution by providing sheer importance to them.proper policy making along with moern training and eqipments.

Javed Aug 01, 2013 04:45am

What is the guarantee that the same does not happen at the border with Afghanistan?

Ali Aug 01, 2013 04:50am

How on earth these militants have night goggles? I read awhile back that Indian military lack night vision capability. Seriously, what the hell is going on? WHO IS SUPPORTING THESE MILITANTS? Is It Afgh??

saadat ali Aug 01, 2013 06:01am

Thanx for writing such an arricle, the people who think the information given here is not authentic are just trying to fool themselves as they can't digest that there party's govt. is such a loser. The responsibility of the attack is primarily upon the office bearers and then the security personnels who ran away. The Elite force is considered to be the SSG of police but their performance is not more than a mile wide tummy holder Thhulla These situations are compelling the Pakistanis to start gathering firearms so in future we dont have to rely upon our more than efficient security forces who successfully guarded the DI Khan jail, Bannu jail, GHQ and many other such places for securing our own homes.

Mustafa Aug 01, 2013 06:47am

The High-ups of district administration and law enforcement officers must be put on trial. Make them a symbol of incompetency. All this happens when selection of these officers is done on the basis of passing competitive exam in " American and British history" Pushto, Forestry. Civil administration needs people who are tactful and brave, not ones who are looking for plots and new cars and running businesses. At the same time, "INTELLIGENCE" agencies are not issue warnings only, they are to thwart such plans from breaking the groups. An assault which lasted for about two hours, where were military helicopters, if not of police. Could they follow the assailants? We Pakistanis have now become such a nation that strongly believes that if my position or my job is secure I do not care for others.

Goren Aug 01, 2013 07:32am

Funny.. a mighty nuclear power can't protect a prison. how they will protect their nuclear weapons. 250 terrorists escaped

dr vimal raina Aug 01, 2013 08:26am

How can you blame the local government when the police officers and the constables hid in sewers at the time of attack? One of them opened the door wide for them.

Hakim Afridi Aug 01, 2013 08:27am

TTP occupants of 14 vehicles along with 248 inmates have evaporated, it seems. If not,where are they?

Aamna Aug 01, 2013 09:07am

Finally an unbiased realistic account of DIK jail break. ''The Elite Police which had been assigned the task to guard the prison in view of the intelligence did not respond when the attack came. Neither was this an intelligence failure nor coordination failure. It was a failure of nerves and it all boils down to one stark reality: cowardice.'' Thank you for summing it all up so beautifully. Not being a typical PTI supporter but I must say, this is nothing for which CM KPK should resign, there had been proper plan but how could the Elite Police implement on it when the terrorists bombed 65 blasts in front of their eyes. Anyone could lose his nerves and run for his safety unless driven by courage, selflessness and Jihadi spirit (no pun intended by Jihadi spirit).

Rajiv Kaushal Aug 01, 2013 09:40am

I dont know why people dont appreciate die-hardness of the millitants, its like an hollywood movie coming alive... lets print their faces on our T-shirts...

Muhammad Naeem Aug 01, 2013 09:44am

cowardice? ... or complicity?... may be little bit of both!

Mak Khan Aug 01, 2013 10:31am

Hugh blaming the intelligence as always......... Bhai log kisi pe ungli uthane se pehle khud par jhankna chaiye...........

Wadood Chaudhary Aug 01, 2013 10:55am

@Syed: There was no personal enmity. All inmates killed were Shias.

Sheena Aug 01, 2013 11:26am

Talibans seems to be inspired from Bollywood movies, we never see such thing in a real world except in Indo-Pak movies where the team of evil easily attack anywhere by using force and achieve targets what makes it different from real scenario is the Hero who always succeed to take revenge of any mishap done by villon. What actually missing in the script of real world movie "Pakistan" is a "Hero". A matter of shame for all law enforcing agencies and a matter of severe concern for all civilized citizens of Pakistan. After experiencing the day to day mishaps we are getting the true meaning of Might is Right. Taliban plan well, execute well and get their desired results & We are happy to be burdened with huge amount of taxes for paying our security agencies with out even having the right to ask," what the hell you people are doing if you can't do your jobs". Every day a security failure is pointing towards our own failure of choosing wrong people to rule over us.

Muhammad Ajmal Aug 01, 2013 11:46am

Congratulations Pakistani so called human right campaigners, one missing person who escaped from Banu jail managed to organize and other jail break. So other missing persons are free to slaughter remaining Pakistanis . Why to put altogether these terrorist in a jail which is near to troubled area. Why the law makers could not make antiterrorist law in last five years.Above all the shame full display of KPK police. What not to say every body in administration contributed in this debacle. As Pakistani my head hangs in shame and what about those who showed their back to miscreant in hours of need. When their heads will hang in shame or they are headless.

Nasim Khan Aug 01, 2013 12:00pm

When intelligence agencies had credible information, they did not need to wait for the civilian administration to make the decisions. They should have escalated the matter to COAS and Chief of the ISI, who should have involved the PAF and the army aviation. It is not fair to blame the ill-equipped jail security and police to face such an assault by these criminals. To me, it is the army and other armed forces who have failed (not the first time, of course). The discord between the central and provincial governments also played a key role in not responding to the terrorists in a swift manner. Central government wants to see the KPK government fail and probably the armed forces are also aiding Nawaz Sharif in this regard. Anybody who declares war against the State should be dealt with accordingly and should not receive any mercy. TTP's leaders who have come on TV to make the statements should be targeted first and must be discovered at any cost and get the deserving punishment to restore the morale of the people of Pakistan.

Imran Ahmed Aug 01, 2013 12:26pm

@M: I agree with the proviso that in addition to constables the commanding officers and the people who put them in place with sifarish must also be punished or at least named and shamed. Too often lower orders are scapegoated while guilty seniors escape,

S Hassan Ali Aug 01, 2013 01:05pm

Welcome to reality Mr. Imran Khan. For God's sake, wake up to reality

Masroor Aug 01, 2013 01:27pm

If there were such detailed intelligence, why were the intelligence agencies NOT interested to gather INTELLIGENCE on KPK givernment agencies reactions? Would that amount to overstepping their jurisdiction? Why cannot we manage such threats at CRISIS MANAGEMENT CELL level? Simple complacency & incompetence! Of course besides VALOUR shown by the jail security staff!

chanpir Aug 01, 2013 01:31pm

shame on you PTI

Reality Bites Aug 01, 2013 01:32pm

Imran Khan is playing friendly opposition with the terrorist, how is it going to stop?

f b nagi Aug 01, 2013 02:15pm

Nation ( if there is ) has to choose 1. Fight till victory OR. 2. Hand over with Dacca like grace of Tiger

iqbal Aug 01, 2013 04:39pm

shame on us all, as a nation

Ali Aug 01, 2013 06:48pm

Do you guys really believe at what happened in D I Khan Jailbreak? when such specific information was passed over to all the concerned departments before the event took place, how did such an unbelievable failure happened? looks like a secret deal has been made with the terrorists, you can take your prisoners, you can slaughter people belonging to a particular sect, blow-up shrines , but please don't attack us and we wont bother you, if the deal makers think they will be safe they are dead wrong.

Dr iftikar Aug 01, 2013 08:14pm

I think this was not only " cowardice" but a behaviour of security forces of the state when they perceive that the state is in the phase of being disintegration & is being captured by the opposite dominant forces .Then the security forces accept their defeat psychologically & make their mind that it is useless to fight & to be killed for sake of rulers of the state.

Rockster Aug 01, 2013 08:53pm

This was clear incompetence of all in security chain. all in chain must be sacked and the Jail Security and Elite force official should be punished severely for committing cowardice.If they can't bear the brunt, why we waist our precious taxes on them

Haider Ali Aug 01, 2013 09:06pm

really upset to hear the statement of the guard rendering his duty on main gate, " when he saw the militants blowing up the APC and when they approached the gate and ordered him to open it he had no option but to open it". from this single statement niw I agree with the writer's saying that "Neither was this an intelligence failure nor coordination failure. It was a failure of nerves and it all boils down to one stark reality: cowardice"

Waqas Aug 01, 2013 09:10pm

So called elite force without state of the art weapons.

naghman qureshi Aug 01, 2013 09:44pm

under the present circumstances they should never take prisoners.

Aamir Nawaid Aug 02, 2013 02:19am

Another example of how inept and unprofessional is our entire security apparatus. One day, we will read the same about our nuclear assets. I do not trust our security forces professionalism anymore. It is embarrassing that we cannot fight a small militant outfit. Yet we make big claims of fighting India. What a shame.

Hakim Afridi Aug 02, 2013 07:50am

How can TTP occupants of 14 vehicles and the dozens jail inmates simply vanish? Unbelievable.

Saeed Aug 02, 2013 09:51am

One solution - put special courts in place for terrorists and ensure they are executed within the shortest time possible. We cannot protect our prison facilities, why not get rid of the elements that attract these attacks!

thedailyjudge Aug 02, 2013 10:30am

@Abeda Mueed: People are angry, but you cannot just decide to hang people. How can you say the 250 people who escaped all deserved to die? Did they have a trial? Was there sufficient evidence?

If the authorities can't build safe jails it's not the prisoners' fault.

JK Aug 02, 2013 10:38am

It's mind boggling: Who is investigating all those top officials who were marked on the intelligence report copy for dereliction of duty? Is the prison staff and police who escaped during the attack being investigated and disciplined? Will we see court martial of the Brigade Commander and arrest and sacking of top cop in Dera, under whose watch this new shame dawned on Pakistan? And how about the police and soldiers manning the numerous check posts falling in the way of terrorists? Will we ever know how RPG-totting goons passed these posts?
The answer to all these questions is a big NO because this was yet another drama staged by none else but those who were supposed to stop such attacks. An intelligence apparatus that can report the movement of 250 terrorists in the vicinity of Dera but cannot stop them does not raise the question of capability. It raises the question of will. Probably they were confused between good and bad Taliban yet again.

poor pakistani Aug 02, 2013 11:27am

@Afzal Mir: but who will do that?

KH Aug 02, 2013 11:47am

And then you say why I supported Musharraf?