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Heavy Security A Way Of Life For Pakistanis

OPB | March 8, 2013 6 a.m. | Updated: March 8, 2013 9:21 a.m. | Portland

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Almost every building we entered, government or private, had an x-ray and metal detector checkpoint.
 

Almost every building we entered, government or private, had an x-ray and metal detector checkpoint.

Michael Clapp / OPB

News this week that a Portland city employee was charged with offering “material support” to a man who helped plan a terrorist bomb attack in Lahore, Pakistan reminded us once again that we’re not isolated from acts of terrorism around the world.

Here’s how Mayor Charlie Hales responded to the news this week, on OPB’s Think Out Loud:

“Well, shock. These things seem far away. Of course we had the Pioneer Courthouse Square case, so that brought it home. But shock that that would happen here, and that one of our employees would be accused of such a crime and arrested for it.”

Security in Lahore was lighter than in Karachi except on the birthday of the Prophet.

Security in Lahore was lighter than in Karachi except on the birthday of the Prophet.

Michael Clapp / OPB

That employee is Reaz Qadir Khan.  They say he provided support to a man who detonated a bomb at the ISI – Pakistan’s intelligence service — in Lahore in 2009.

Suicide bombings are an all-too-common occurrence in Pakistan, and Pakistani authorities have had to focus heavily on internal threats.

OPB’s Michael Clapp saw the security apparatus up close last month.  He went to the country as part of a program sponsored by the International Central for Journalists and the U.S. State Department.

Michael Clapp is OPB’s Web Editor and joined me to share his insights.


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