Unidentified persons threw a suicide jacket in the front lawn of District Coordination Officer (DCO) office which was defused by the Bomb Disposal Squad successfully here on Friday, sources disclosed.

Multan CPO Azhar Akram, however, told media that it was not an explosive jacket rather it was a mere message belt. “It’s a portable message jacket manufactured by an Australian company and it does not contain any explosives,” he added in a media message.

The jacket was found at around 5:00pm and the news of recovery of a suicide jacket spread panic in the areas. Police and bomb disposal squad cordoned off the area and examined the jacket. The CPO said that the jacket was being sent for the forensic examination.