Pakistani Taliban militants in police uniform attacked the Central Jail in Dera Ismail Khan late on Monday and managed to free around 247 inmates, as more than 25 explosions were heard and at least 11 people were killed and nine others wounded.
The attack in DI Khan is the second major incident of its sort – the first occurred at “Banno Jail”- and in both incidents, terrorists managed to achieve their proclaimed objectives. It incident places a question mark on the security arrangements of the jails holding terrorists/high profile criminals. Such acts transmit a negative message about the ability of Pakistani security forces. Pakistan ought to immediately execute a new robust security plan to avoid such incidents in the future.
A judicial inquiry of the event should also be held and those responsible of this act of criminal negligence must be held liable. The possibility of internal involvement should also not be ruled out at this stage.