PESHAWAR - Following the Dera Ismail Khan jail break-up, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has decided to improve the security of Peshawar central prison along with other major jails of the province and released Rs19.8 million for installing latest security equipment. The decision has been taken after two major jail break-up incidents in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The allocated amount would be spent on close circuit cameras, changing of gates, installing modern gadgets, reconstruction of concrete walls and purchase of bulletproof jackets for police.

The jail break-up in Dera Ismail Khan and escape of hundred of militants from the jail premises have raised many questions in the minds of public as high profile militants were present inside the central prison.

Source said the militants claimed that 15 cars and 10 motorcycles were used and total cost of the operation was around Rs10 million. “The attackers had also used night goggles during the attack. Adnan Rasheed the bannu jail fugitives was leading the offensive, they added.

The escaped prisoners included 39 hardcore criminals and five female inmates. The militants have also have taken away a lady constable Ghullab Bibi with themselves. Ghulab Bib was performing duty in the women barrack inside the prison at the time of attack. A committee headed by a Senior Member of the Board of Revenue Waqar Ayub is set up to probe the incident. The committee comprises Special Secretary Home and Tribal Affairs Syed Alamgir Shah, Additional Inspector General (Special Branch) KPK Syed Akhtar Ali Shah and the nominee of 11 Corps Headquarters Peshawar.

The chief minister has also directed high-level enquiry of the incident and hinted to take stern action against the responsible persons. The committee has been tasked to probe the incident and submit its report within 15 days to identify loopholes, which led to the happening.