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Jail fortified ahead of executions.

Karachi: The provincial jails minister on Tuesday said heavy contingents of law enforcement agencies were deployed in and around Karachi Central Prison ahead of execution of death sentences of militants and to prevent any jail break.

Manzoor Wasan, the minister for prisons in Sindh province, told Gulf News that all the arrangements were made effectively.

"All the arrangements were in place as we deployed several paramilitary forces beside the alert contingents of police force and the jail security," Wasan said.

Soldiers from the Frontier Constabulary, Rangers and police were deployed in and around the Karachi facility, located in the centre of the city and surrounded by populous residential areas.

The minister said that they also installed close circuit television

(CCTV) cameras to monitor movement in and outside the jail premises.

Jail authorities were also constructing a new periphery wall and elevating the existing boundary wall.

Some weeks ago, unknown militants hurled two crackers from a flyover passing by the jail walls amid threats of a jailbreak by the militants.

The threats further intensified when a local Taliban group on Monday dispatched a warning to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif government advising him to refrain from executing the death sentence of their comrades, who were handed capital punishment by the courts.

In a leaflet, distributed in the southern Punjab and Waziristan, the terrorist outfit said that the government would be considered at war with them if it went on to execute their colleagues currently serving jail terms and were at death row.

The warning of the Taliban group came after media reports said prison authorities would hang four convicts in the coming days to mark the end of a five-year moratorium on death sentences in the country.

The four condemned prisoners including two members of the proscribed sectarian outfits would be executed at Sukkur and Karachi jails.

The Taliban message also warned the Nawaz Sharif government that it should remain cautious and not follow the policies of the Pakistan Army, which the militants described as counterproductive.

They further warned that a conspiracy was being hatched against the government.

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Date:Aug 14, 2013
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