Islamabad City Police request anthrax envelope sent to Pakistani prime minister

The Islamabad City Police approached the prime minister's secretariat on Thursday requesting that the security staff of the prime minister hand over the parcel containing anthrax that the office received on December 18.

Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani's office received a parcel that allegedly contained anthrax that had been sent from the Sindh University Campus Colony in Jamshoro. The anthrax-containing package was allegedly sent by a female associate professor at the university, Pakistan Today reports.

The police registered a first information report on Tuesday against the unidentified people who apparently sent the anthrax parcel in an assassination attempt. Abdul Hafeez, the prime minister's secretariat administration deputy secretary, lodged an application on Wednesday with the police to register an FIR against the unidentified sender.

The police said that they would start proper investigation after having received the letter, according to Pakistan Today.

While exposure to anthrax spores can be deadly, the preparation of the bacteria in a form that can be delivered typically requires specialist knowledge and access to a laboratory. Letters that were laced with anthrax were sent to media and government offices after the September 11, 2001, attacks in the United States. Five people were killed and 17 others became ill from the disease.