Pakistan watching for anthrax mailings

Pakistani security forces have been ordered to examine all of the letters and packages sent to the governor and chief minister of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province after a recent foiled anthrax mailing was reported in Islamabad.

The household staff at the Governor House and Chief Minister House have been placed on alert and senior KP officials have been directed not to accept gifts that might have been tampered with, according to

In October, Pakistan's prime minister, Yousaf Raza Gilani, received a package containing anthrax spores. The package was intercepted by the prime minister's security staff. Police recently acknowledged the event and opened a criminal case.

Law enforcement authorities have given conflicting accounts of who sent the package. Akram Shaheedi, a spokesman for the prime minister's security staff, said that an associate professor at Jamshoro University in the southern province of Sindh was responsible and had been detained, according to the Washington Post.

A senior law enforcement official in charge of presidential security, Hakim Khan, gave a different account. Khan would only confirm that a team had been sent to Jamshoro to investigate. He said that the package was sent from a small post office on the Jamshoro University Campus.