ISLAMABAD: Panic and fear engulfed the Pakistan Secretariat, especially its blocks A, B, C and D as soon as the news regarding presence of a bomb in the secretariat surfaced on Friday.
Government workers and visitors rushed out of the building leaving their valuables and vehicles inside.
Defence Minister Khawaja Asif was in the secretariat’s block C at the time when a bomb hoax reported.
Sources said that office of the Ministry of Defence had allegedly been receiving threats from an unknown telephone number. The bomb was reported to be in either block A, B, C or D of the complex.
Sharing details about the incident, an employee of the secretariat said between 8am and 8.10am the defense minister’s office received a call from an unknown number the caller said there would be a bomb attack at the Secretariat.
Soon after the call, the Bomb Disposal Squad reached the location and started a search in all the blocks.
The parking area was also inspected and all vehicles, except those of the high officials, were stopped outside. All private guards were restrained from entering the building and gate of the secretariat was closed for all kinds of entrances.
A police source said visitors and workers at the secretariat were barred from entering or exiting through the gates, and only the Defence Ministry and its staff on direction of the minister.
A police officer privy to the situation, requesting anonymity, said the restriction order was issued from the office of the Defence Ministry. But another police officer said due to security threats entrance of visitors was barred. Security was also beefed up in and around the secretariat while police started a search operation near green belt, however nothing was found.
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