Woman professor mailed anthrax parcel to Pak PM`s office

Cops are investigating how a parcel with anthrax was sent to the Prime Minister`s Secretariat last month.

Last Updated: Feb 02, 2012, 00:33 AM IST

Islamabad: In the first incident of its kind,
a woman university professor from southern Sindh province sent
a parcel containing deadly anthrax powder to the Pakistani
Prime Minister`s Secretariat, police said Wednesday.

The incident triggered an alarm prompting police and
security agencies to launch an investigation.

No one was affected by the anthrax and investigators were
yet to determine the motive of the professor from Jamshoro
University, officials were quoted as saying by the Pakistani
media.

It could not immediately be ascertained whether the
professor had been arrested.

The parcel was received at the Prime Minister`s
Secretariat in October last year.

Earlier, police officials in Islamabad had said the parcel
was sent to the premier`s secretariat about 20 days ago.

Police launched an investigation and registered a case
against "unknown persons" after a laboratory confirmed the
parcel contained anthrax, they said.

A police team has been sent to Jamshoro to investigate.

The parcel was tested at a laboratory of the Council for
Scientific and Industrial Research.

Though the Taliban and other militant groups have carried
out scores of bombings and suicide attacks in recent years,
there have been no reported instances of them using letters or
parcels with poisonous materials like anthrax.

In the US, anthrax mailings rattled American public just
days after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

US government scientist Bruce Ivins committed suicide in
July 2008 as FBI agents were about to bring charges against
him over the anthrax campaign, which killed five people and
injured 17.

PTI