Bajaur Press Club closed over terror threat

Published November 14, 2018
"The club has been shut down on the directives of senior officials of the local administration."— AFP/File
"The club has been shut down on the directives of senior officials of the local administration."— AFP/File

KHAR: The Bajaur Press Club was closed for an indefinite period on Tuesday following threats of terror attacks.

The press club president Hasbanullah Khan told Dawn here that though he did not know about the threats, but the club had been shut down on the directives of senior officials of the local administration.

Quoting the officials, Mr Khan said they had received information that some unknown miscreants planned to carry out terrorist attacks on the press club building, ‘hence you’re advised to keep the club shut for an indefinite period to thwart any unpleasant incident.’

Following the instructions, the press club president said an emergency meeting of the senior journalists was held to discuss the situation in which the participants unanimously decided to shut the club for indefinite period.

Before shutting the press club, scores of Levies personnel arrived on the spot and took position at various places.

The Levies personnel also evacuated vehicles from a nearby bus stand owing to security concerns.

People present at the bus stand told Dawn that dozens of Levies personnel suddenly entered there and ordered the transporters to evacuate.

According to witnesses, exchange of harsh words was also reported between the Levies personnel and some transporters.

Published in Dawn, November 14th, 2018

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