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This picture shows the damaged gate of centre jail caused by a Taliban attack. — File photo
This picture shows the damaged gate of centre jail caused by a Taliban attack. — File photo

DERA ISMAIL KHAN/PESHAWAR: Provincial revenue minister Ali Amin Khan Gandapur on Wednesday declared the Dera Ismail Khan jailbreak incident an act of cowardice on part of local police and said tough action would be taken against those responsible for the debacle.

“Police officers and constables had hidden in sewer lines when militants attacked the Dera Ismail Khan central prison. Our head hangs in shame,” Ali Amin Gandapur told a news conference.

The minister, who also belongs to Dera Ismail Khan, said police officers and constable with the exception of a few had disappeared at the time of the jail attack and there was no one to defend the premises.

He said militants succeeded in carrying out their task without resistance for more than 45 minutes due to cowardice on part of police.

Mr Gandapur said the main gate of the prison had been built by the British and it was not something that could have been blown up.

“But the irony is that our own officials opened the gate to militants to welcome them. The entire force had disappeared instead of confronting militants,” he said.

The minister said instead of laying down their lives to protect the honour and property of the people, senior police officers hid themselves in sewer lines.

“These officers act like tigers confronting ordinary citizens but chicken out when they see militants,” he said.

Mr Gandapur said the nation would have been proud of its police had they laid down their lives by defending the prison but instead, they (police) simply disappeared when one of the armoured personnel carriers was blown up by militants.

He said the government did not have a magic wand to correct the mess caused by former rulers but it was committed to correcting the situation and restoring law and order in the province.

The minister said those found guilty of dereliction of duty and negligence over the jailbreak would be dealt with strictly.

He said he had spoken to the relevant authorities, so curfew would be lifted from Dera Ismail Khan city on Thursday.

Mr Gandapur said those killed in the attack would be properly compensated.

He criticised Punjab law minister Rana Sanaullah and Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman for taking potshots at the PTI government. “They should look into their own conscience,” he said. The minister said recruitments in police in the past were done in disregard of merit and that was one of the reasons for the current state of affairs in police.

JAILBREAK CASE REGISTERED: The Dera Ismail Khan police on Wednesday registered the case of the Dera Ismail Khan jailbreak against unidentified attackers under anti-terrorism act and different sections of other laws.

The case was registered at the cantonment police station.

Jail superintendent Ghulam Rabbani registered the case against 200 unidentified attackers at the cantonment police station under sections 302, 324, 353, 365, 427, 435, 224A, 225A, 120B-3/4EXP-7ATA-186/148-149PPC.

The report said terrorists attacked the prison at midnight, broke locks of cells by firing gunshots, killed prisoners and policemen, took away wanted Taliban militants, women prisoners, and woman constable Gulab Bibi.

It said the room of the deputy jail superintendent was set on fire, the record destroyed and jail vehicles torched. Also in the day, curfew timing was relaxed.

Dera Ismail Khan commissioner Irfanullah on Wednesday said curfew had been relaxed from 10:00am to 12noon and for an hour from 4:00pm to 5:00pm in the city to facilitate the people to buy food items for Iftar and Sehri.

Also in the day, funeral prayers for the dead prisoners were offered in Mora and for slain policemen at Police Lines.

Around 48 prisoners, including four women, handed themselves over to police voluntarily. Woman constable Gulab Bibi, who went missing after militant attack, also returned.

POLICE OFFICERS SUSPENDED: Provincial inspector general of police, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Ihsan Ghani on Wednesday made Dera Ismail Khan district police officer Sohail Khalid as officer on special duty and took up the matter of his suspension with the Establishment Division for dereliction of duty and lack of supervision over the district’s central jail breakup.

In another notification, the police chief suspended DSP City Dera Ismail Khan Salahuddin Kundi and three SHOs i.e. SHO City Haroon Khan, SHO Cantonment Mohammad Nawaz and SHO Dera Town Saifur Rehman over negligence and failure to fulfil duty.

A statement issued by the CPO office here said the IGP during his visit to the DIK Central Jail the other day had suspended SP Elite Force, DSP Elite Force and 25 constables of the Elite Force for not responding to the attack.

Until now, the police officers and personnel suspended in the case include two SPs, three DSPs, three inspectors and 25 constables.

Comments (32) Closed

bangash Aug 01, 2013 07:52am

To be fair the Police are neither trained nor equipped to fight suicidal militants. They are being asked to be lambs for the slaughter.

S. A. M. Aug 01, 2013 07:54am

PTI is solely responsible for the shameful incident. After having all the early strong warnings what else could have been asked for. don't try to cover up your act of taking sides with taleban which is now so very clear to a common man.

asif Aug 01, 2013 08:11am

Could the concerned authorities explain what do they mean by 'suspension' of police officers and constables,

IBN-E-ASHFAQUE Aug 01, 2013 08:12am

Mr. Gandapur for Allah's sake do not punish SHO's, DSP's. The IG Police KPK must be kicked out. This was a systemic failure of police. I remember working as Junior Emgineer for a korean engineering firm in 1982 in Saudi Arabia. We made a major blunder. The headoffice acted within 24 hours by firing the Project manager and all the chief engineers. Not low level Junior Engineers or supervisors. The rational is that top managers develop systems and procedures of organisations. Hence, are responsible for organisational systemic failures, such as the DI khan jail break. But Gandapur Sahib you are in Pakistan and not in Korea. It is too much to expect from a Pakistani politician.

HM Aug 01, 2013 08:13am

Taliban are no body's friend... PTI and Imran Khan should remember...

muzammil ullah khan Aug 01, 2013 08:46am

What can one add to all this shameful state of affairs ?

BRR Aug 01, 2013 08:56am

Could it be that the police personnel were in cahoots with the militants and wanted to let them escape?

Feroz Aug 01, 2013 08:59am

"Case has been registered against 200 unidentified attackers." To pretend that the attackers who broke into the jail are unknown, takes the cake. Fear is so great even the attacker cannot be identified.

Sangraiz Aug 01, 2013 09:39am

The police that did such an act should be tried as traitors and abetting the enemy.

Naya Pakistan Aug 01, 2013 10:29am

DAWN--(Until now, the police officers and personnel suspended in the case include two SPs, three DSPs, three inspectors and 25 constables.) It is not the solution of Problems. As per the report the attacker had rocket Launcher, Hand Garnad,leaving lot of time bombs inside the jail premises. DID YOU PROVIDE TO THE CONCERNED SUSPENDED PERSONNEL??? As per the report they attacker have also night visionaries. DID YOU PROVIDE TO THE CONCERNED SUSPENDED PERSONNEL??? The Govt. should equip the forces with huge arms and ammunition especially in such sensitive places. .

Razi Aug 01, 2013 10:36am

Mr Minister Ali Amin shame in you. Dont blame others for your fault. IGP KPK should resign or made OSD. CM KPK should have resigned. But no ethics........ of course

ravi Aug 01, 2013 10:41am

All terrorism is the result of drone attacks which is making people to work with terrorist organisations to protest against kiling of innocent civilians.Mr. mran Khan is right on dot on this issue, relevant authorities should avoid double talk and make serious efforts to stop illegal drone attacks which shall reduce terrorism considerably.

Benazeer Abbas Aug 01, 2013 11:26am

Think about police officers who were killed. Did government enough for their families?

Abdul Malik Aug 01, 2013 11:28am

The IGP has taken action against various police officers and constables but what about his own resignation? He should be man enough and have the guts to accept his force's failure and as the head of KPK Police he must go home. In the event he does not, the CM must suspend him, pending an impartial enquiry and fix responsibility.

Sk Ibrahim Aug 01, 2013 12:01pm

Not even one militant is killed by two hundred police personnel guarding the jail. A judicial inquiry is needed to reveal the truth about conspirators and collaborators.

Ali Aug 01, 2013 12:41pm

When you hire by corruption, it lads to corruption. Did it occure to you that maybe they are siding with the culprits? Or maybe the culprits got better weapons than the defenders and it no use to defend.

sam Aug 01, 2013 01:14pm

Hey Right Mate... Always expect a poor person to pay the ultimate price whilst the people who are supposedly the powerful people engage with the same militants in amassing huge wealth for themselves.... PAKISTAN Govt is mainly responsible for this attack and therefore primarily they should be getting the sack...

Adnan Aug 01, 2013 01:26pm

These brave officers should be commended for following the state policy of the ruling elite in KP that this is not their war. Why should they be forced to die in a war that is not owned by the government.

IbDi Aug 01, 2013 01:31pm

Can't blame them, they are just following the rest of us! Who in this country has successfully been able to stand against (mostly) fearless Taliban? Why take it out on these under paid & under equiped police workers.

Adi Aug 01, 2013 03:29pm

Lol. Guess paradise wasn't a option for the cops

Bill Gates Aug 01, 2013 07:30pm

Suspending people will not solve the problems. You have to bring more force in certain area which is flooded with these TTP Al Qeda people. Govt. need to understand that they are not going to stop till Govt. Stop them. Govt. need to realize that these were the people who attack other Jails in Pakistan, even a PAF base in Karachi and they were inside the base and killing people. Again they are not going to stop and YES PTI govt. need to take action ASAP and don't wait to fix the problems in certain time period. YOU ALL NEED TO TAKE ACTION ASAP. Because TTP is planning to do something else on EID or after EID. This is their pattern last few years. I want Govt. to go back and review the reports of last few years.

Saleem Aug 01, 2013 07:47pm

Why minister is criticizing police, which had no weapons, training etc to fight a trained army. It was the govy. responsibility to have rangers/army on the gaurd after credible information. Also KPK govt. don't consider these militants as terrorists & call the angry people only. Why they expect police to put their life on line when these people are not called enemies by PTI

Khwaja Rizwan Aug 01, 2013 07:52pm

How many policemen were on duty. How many ran away. Where they properly equipped to take on the attackers. What preparations had been made? All these questions are not mentioned in your article.

NASAH (USA) Aug 02, 2013 01:03am

"But the irony is that our own officials opened the gate to militants to welcome them. The entire force had disappeared instead of confronting militants,

j.m Aug 02, 2013 01:33am

this is not fair with police party.why not asked about the intellegence agencies who reported before, few days. why they not effort to averted this debacle. May they were not responsible for this major incident. are they only enjoying to given ADVANCE INFORMATION of any incident. who gave such information to them. and they only alarm to the other forces ?

Ayaz Aug 02, 2013 05:18am

Why should the police give their lives when Imran and his PTI do not even condemn the terrorists

Fazal Karim Aug 02, 2013 05:36am

Matter is very serious, more serious than Abbotabad attack by US. A high level commissioin to investigate this security failure and similar failures of jail break is needed.

Yawar Aug 02, 2013 08:13am

This is what happens when the Taliban are locked up in well known civilian jails guarded by a demoralized police force. I say since the Taliban are waging a war against Pakistan and the army is fighting them, the army should be responsible for going after them, capturing them, trying them and holding them as POWs?

S. A. Razzak Aug 02, 2013 09:04am

I think the KPK Government shoudl not be blamed unecssarily for the accident as our police is not trained to counter terrorist who are very well trained and armed with sophisticated weapons . When the agencies knew about the incident in advance the Federal Government should have helped the provincial governemnt by providing army troops for enforcing the defence of Jail.

I , however, agree with views of the minister that the police acted cowardly. The entire police shoud be replaced with jawans from army if the government is least interested in counter terrorism.

hammad Aug 02, 2013 10:06am

the only party here respoble is PTI and i'm a PTI supporter but come on, if im a police office and TTP thugs are trying to kill me just for doing my job and the govt. is saying that the group trying to kill me is not there enemy, so why then in my right mind would i die for no reason what so ever/// and wht pethatic staemt by a minster that i should have been killed to save his honour.....seriously!!!!!!

PTI need to come clean and give assurance to the police that they will be 100% backed by the govt then see how brave this police can be.....

Khanm Aug 03, 2013 04:52pm

It seem the militant are better equipped better organized than our police force. Corrupt as our police forces are who knows they might have been paid for

Syed (Australia) Aug 03, 2013 09:21pm

@hammad: Why should the police give their live against these terrorists when the government wants to negotiate, why not the minister resigng for not being able to protect the public.