It was cowardice, it was failure of nevers, however, it wasn't intelligence failure that caused Dera Ismail Khan's Central Prison debacle.
Although, Chief Minister Khyber-Pakhtunkhuwa, Pervaiz Khattak, and his Government were usually quick to blame that no intelligence was shared with them. However, it’s not that the attack caught the Local Authorities by surprise. Actually yes it did. It wasn’t an intelligence failure, though, but a security failure on the part of the Provincial Government. On the 26th, 27th, and 28th of July, Three Top-Secret Urgent Memos were sent from Local Intelligence Authorities to the Provincial Government, repeatedly warning that an attempt on the jail was imminent. But nothing happened. Well, a lot happened. But nothing from the Provincial Government’s side.
Earlier, about two hundred (200) Tehreek-e-Taliban Fighters, lead by Umar Khitab, broke their fasts in Tank and in three flanks left for Dera Ismail Khan to rescue and bring back fourty eight (48) very valuable comrades imprisoned in the Dera Ismail Khan's Central Prison.
The daring attack was masterminded by Adnan Rasheed, who gained fame for his assassination attempt on then President General Pervez Musharraf, and was himself serving time in Bannu Prison, i.e. till he himself was jail broken, along with hundreds of other comrades. And that incident was termed as "Total collapse of ANP Government and Law & Order in KP" by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman, Imran Khan.
The Dera Jail attack commenced half hour before min-night, and the attackers came through the main entrance, as the Jail Defenders simply threw down their weapons, and stood aside.
The attackers started searching for their comrades and within half an hour, they were on their way back – with the fourty eight (48) they came for, and another one ninty four (194) for good measure.
The return route was the same as when they came, and they Victoriously reached Waziristan, where they were given Heroes’ Welcome.
Later, Adnan Rasheed, who seems to be a specialist in Jailbreaks, said "We know where our brothers are being held captive in jails across the country. It is part of our jihad to help free our brothers and rest assured that we will free them, soon."