Terrorism in Pakistan

greenspun.com : LUSENET : Grassroots Information Coordination Center (GICC) : One Thread

Security tightened after explosions

By Our Correspondent

HYDERABAD, Sept 18: The city police have taken strict security measures in the wake of two bomb explosions in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Latifabad on Saturday and Sunday.

Two sniffer dogs, which cost the police around Rs270,000 have been purchased from Islamabad, a police spokesman confirmed. A dog each has been kept on the disposal of the Latifabad and City police. The dogs are kept in the horse-riding centre of the police in Latifabad where they would be given a special diet.

Security has further been intensified. The policemen would be required to carry the dogs with them at public places, particularly the railway station, bus stops and places which are usually more crowded than others.

Cameras have also been installed at 17 points in order to check the movement of suspicious persons, the police official said.

The air-conditioned coaches plying between Karachi and other interior parts of Sindh were being thoroughly checked at separate points by policemen including women police officials so that no woman was left unchecked.

There have been several cases reported in which some women were caught carrying unlicensed weapons and found to be involved in highway robberies.

SU OFFICIALS: Four officials of the Sindh University Jamshoro were deposed before the Anti-Terrorism Court, Hyderabad, here on Tuesday in connection with the University's telephone exchange destruction case.

The three witnesses and the complainant of the case, however, did not identify the accused. The witnesses included Waseem Ahmed and Mohammad Najam, both telephone operators, and Mohammad Bux, the watchman.

Basaruddin, telephone operator, was the complainant of the crime.

The telephone exchange was completely destroyed on Nov 21, 1999, when some unidentified armed men forced their entry into the exchange, lobbed explosives in it and left the spot. Their departure was followed by a big bang that saw the exchange being destroyed.

Earlier the culprits had sent the telephone operators outside the exchange.

A criminal case was lodged against the Sindh People's Students Federation activists, Khair Muhammad Khushik, Amanullah Narejo, Nisar Lakhair, and Ali Deshi alias Ali Nawaz Kakepoto. Advocate Naseer Abro represented Nisar Lakhair. Lawyer Noorul Qureshi appeared on behalf of Khair Muhammad Khushk and Amanullah Narejo. Ali Nawaz Kakepoto, who was absconding in the case, was represented by Advocate Irfan Kalhoro. The witnesses were also cross-examined.

The complainant and the witnesses could not identify the culprits as they had masked faces. The accused were present in the court. They claimed that they did not nominate any of the accused but police did so on their own.

The proceedings would continue on Wednesday when the statements of the investigating officer and the Musheer would be recorded.

On Thursday, the accused would record their statements.


-- Martin Thompson (mthom1927@aol.com), September 19, 2001

Moderation questions? read the FAQ