July 2006 News

Police told to nab Gilgit jail fugitive

16 July 2006
The Daily Times

Islamabad: The Interior Ministry has directed the police chiefs of Islamabad and the four provinces to find two prisoners who fled from Gilgit jail and are suspected to have shot and killed an anti-terrorism court judge on June 26. Six of the eight prisoners who had escaped from Gilgit jail have been arrested. Sources told Daily Times that intelligence agencies had told the Interior Ministry that the escaped prisoners might have links to the assassination of Allama Hassan Turabi, the Shia cleric killed in Karachi on Friday. The two prisoners still at large are Haider Jan, alias Janu, and Wajid Ali. The Interior Ministry has also directed the Northern Areas chief secretary to take legal action against the jail officials who helped the prisoners escape. The prisoners were in jail on charges of sectarian-inspired murders and anti-terrorism court Judge Jamshed Ali Khan, who they allegedly murdered on June 26, was hearing their cases. The NA chief secretary has ordered an inquiry and is to submit his findings to the Interior Ministry in a couple of weeks. Ten officials of Gilgit jail including two deputy superintendents have been suspended. Northern Areas Inspector General of Police Sarmad Saeed has constituted an investigation team under the supervision of Deputy Inspector General (investigation) Farman Ali to probe the matter, the sources added. The Interior Ministry has asked the IGs of the four provinces and Islamabad to send police teams to jails in their areas to question prisoners involved in sectarian violence as to the whereabouts of the escaped prisoners, the sources said.


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