Bomb hoax at APWA College

Yesterday was not a, the now-unusual, no bad news day as we felt the tremors of a blast in Rawalpindi, hundreds of miles away while a bomb threat made everyone panic in our very own city as well.

Someone called the administration of Government APWA College for Women at 11:00 am claiming that a bomb has been planted in the college premises, after which, the college buildings were immediately evacuated of panicky students. Bomb disposal squad, the police and Rescue 1122 arrived at the scene only to clear the place after proper search and screening had been carried out.

Although the reported incident was a hoax, there are further intelligence reports of alleged terrorists entering different cities of Punjab including Lahore and Rawalpindi near Islamabad, where a deadly blast killed at least 11 innocent people.

You are requested to be cautious of suspicious people, unattended luggage and/or a threat in your neighbourhood. In case of emergencies just dial 15 for police and 1122 for ambulance services.

1 Comment so far

  1. RE (unregistered) on February 6th, 2008 @ 9:18 pm

    That’s because they’re getting their asses whipped. Dont stop now Pakistan, all you’ll be giving them is time to recover.

    Militants Declare Cease-Fire in Pakistan
    Associated Press
    Posted: 2008-02-06 09:36:16
    DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) – A coalition of Taliban militants in northwestern Pakistan on Wednesday declared an "indefinite" cease-fire in fighting against Pakistani security forces.

    Maulvi Mohammed Umar, a purported spokesman for the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, an umbrella group for militants operating in tribal areas along the border with Afghanistan, said that the cease-fire was declared following talks with the government.

    Pakistan army spokesman Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas denied knowledge of any talks and said they had no formal communication from the militants of a cease-fire. But he said that militants in South Waziristan had stopped firing on security forces.

    "Since the last 48 hours or so they have stopped firing and moved a little back. We would look into this, but so far the position is the operation will continue until the time we finish off the miscreants and their hideouts and their arms and ammunitions caches," Abbas told The Associated Press.

    Tehrik-e-Taliban is led by Baitullah Mehsud, who is based in the lawless South Waziristan region, which has borne the brunt of the violence. He is also blamed for a series of suicide attacks, including the Dec. 27 assassination of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto.

    "The declaration of war we made against security forces on orders by Baitullah Mehsud. We now withdraw that for an indefinite period," Umar told the AP by telephone.

    Umar said the cease-fire will cover the tribal regions – a lawless, semiautonomous belt that includes North and South Waziristan – as well as in Swat, a former tourist destination where security forces have battled followers of a radical, pro-Taliban cleric.

    In January, Mehsud fighters launched a series of assaults on military bases in South Waziristan, underscoring government’s weak grip on the region that U.S. officials say is a safe haven for al-Qaida.

    Last week, a U.S. missile strike killed Abu Laith al-Libi, a top al-Qaida commander, in neighboring North Waziristan.

    The recent wave of violence has pitched Pakistan deeper into turmoil as it heads toward Feb. 18 elections meant to usher back democracy after eight years of military rule.

    But any agreement by Pakistan to a cease-fire would likely be frowned on by its Western allies. A cease-fire in North Waziristan in September 2006, which collapsed the following July, was widely seen as giving Taliban and al-Qaida a freer hand to stage cross-border attacks into Afghanistan and expand their reach inside Pakistan.

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