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17th July 2019 Issue no. 466

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Many bank security guards in Pakistan linked to terror groups

That the terrorism economy is fuelled by theft, robbery and ransom has been suspected for long. A recent intelligence report, however, lends credence to the theory. Thirty incidents of bank robberies took place across Punjab over the past 11 months, with dacoits taking away Rs394 million, according to figures from the Punjab police. In some of these incidents, the bank's security guards had links with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and other banned outfits, reveals an intelligence report available with The Express Tribune.

The major loophole, the report highlights, is the lack of security clearance of guards deployed by private security firms at banks. During the course of investigation of some cases, it was discovered that most of the security guards involved were residents of tribal areas, and did not have security clearance from the police and home department, say sources.

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