Bank on Karachi's I.I. Chundrigar Road vacated following hoax bomb threat.

KARACHI -- An international bank's branch located on Karachi's I.I. Chundrigar Road was the subject of a bomb hoax on Thursday.

Police, bomb disposal squad officers, and rescue workers rushed to the Standard Charted Bank Pakistan's (SCBP) branch in the city's financial hub after the bank's security manager reported an email that claimed a bomb was planted inside the bank.

City SSP Shabbir Ahmed Sethar told media that the threat turned out to be fake after the bank's premises were searched thoroughly and eventually cleared.

The senior police official said that the bank's security manager had informed the police that there were more than 1,000 employees in the building, following which police contingents arrived at the location and the branch was evacuated.

SSP Sethar said the email received by the bank staff demanded the termination of an employee, warning that the bomb would go off in case of non-compliance.

The SSP further said the bank did not have on its books any employee of the name whose termination was demanded in the hoax...

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