The country’s biggest jailbreak was successfully executed by militants in Bannu despite warnings issued by intelligence agencies earlier this year when four places, including the Bannu police station, were demarcated as prospective targets. Apparently, the jailbreak drama was planned and implemented for the release of high-profile militants.

That so many militants could conveniently enter a guarded place is quite unbelievable and highlights the facts that intelligence reports of such a sensitive nature were not taken seriously as no concrete action was taken by those responsible for the security of the jail that had housed so many dangerous criminals. The jail, however, should have been at high alert, with or without intelligence warnings. This colossal administrative failure severely damages our credibility.


Peshawar, April 16.