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Police probe anthrax parcel sent to PM’s House

Police on Wednesday said they were investigating how and why a parcel containing anthrax was sent to the prime minister’s official residence in Islamabad last month. It appeared to be the first reported case of anthrax sent to a government office in the country. “The parcel containing anthrax powder was sent last month, about 20 days ago. After the laboratory test confirmed that the parcel contained anthrax we registered a case against unknown people,” said police officer Hakim Khan.
In his application, PM Secretariat Administration Deputy Secretary Abdul Hafeez told secretariat police that on October 18, 2011, during the scanning of Prime Minster’s mails, they found a letter which carried anthrax. Upon this, the secretariat police registered an FIR under section (270) against unidentified accused on Tuesday night. There was no immediate confirmation from the Prime Minister’s House. Neither was it immediately clear who was responsible, or how they could have accessed anthrax, of any quality, in Pakistan. Police said the parcel was posted from the Jamshoro district in Sindh.
“We have sent a police team to investigate it and to find the culprits there,” said Khan, an officer at the secretariat police station. But in Jamshoro, 180 kilometres (113 miles) northeast of Karachi, police said they had not been informed by Islamabad of any anthrax delivery, instead finding out through local media reports. “We have not yet received any instructions from the government to investigate this matter,” local police official Bashir Ahmed told AFP. “We have asked the local post office protectively to check their records to know about the sender. “We can’t say how long it will take to complete the investigation. We expect a quick result if the sender’s identity is not fake.”

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