18 Pak Militants Being Repatriated On June 30
27 June 2007
The Daily Excelsior
Jammu: Eighteen militants of different outfits are being freed from six jails of J&K and Rajasthan for repatriation to Pakistan on June 30 during a high level meeting between India and Pakistan authorities at Wagah check post in Amritsar district of Punjab. All six prisons including high security Kot Bhalwal jail, the scene of violent clashes between militants and police in December last year which left many militants and cops injured, and Jodhpur jail in Rajasthan were tonight alerted by the Intelligence agencies and asked to keep the militants ready for repatriation on Saturday, official sources told the Excelsior. Repatriation will take place at Wagah border at 10 am on June 30 in the presence of top officers from both the countries besides sleuths from Intelligence agencies, who will escort the militants from different jails to Wagah border. The militants, being freed, were also sounded tonight by concerned jail authorities tonight that they are being repatriated. An SOS was sent to authorities of all six jails after Intelligence agencies got a missive from External Affairs Ministry this evening giving nod to repatriation of 18 militants, 15 of whom were lodged in five jails of J&K and three in Jodhpur jail of Rajasthan, sources said. Of 15 ultras being set free from J&K prisons, eight were lodged in Kathua jail, four in high security Kot Bhalwal prison and one each in Central Jail Srinagar, Udhampur and District Jail Ambphalla. Sources identified them as Nissar Ahmed Rajput, Zahoor Adil, Mohd Hussain, Muzamil Ahmed Dar, Khalid Hussain, Sultan Ahmed, Saifullah Khalid, Nasir Ikram, Nabid Iqbal, Mohd Sayeed, Abdul Rashid Ansari, Muzaffar Hussain, Mohd Shaban, Javed Iqbal and Zahoor Arif, all Pakistanis. Consular Access in respect of all militants has been completed, sources said, adding Pakistan Government has confirmed nationality of the militants and agreed to takeover them from the Indian authorities at Wagah. The militants, according to sources, belonged to Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and Hizbul Mujahideen outfits and were lodged in the jails for last more than six to eight years. Besides militants, two illegal border crossers are among those being freed on June 30 morning, they said. They added that tight security arrangements have been made by the Intelligence agencies for shifting militants to Wagah from J&K and Rajasthan. The ultras will be brought out of the jails on June 29 evening and driven to Wagah. The States from where the militants will cross on their way to Wagah have also been alerted by the Intelligence agencies and directed to make fool-proof security arrangements for the militants. It couldn't be ascertained immediately as to whether some Indian prisoners are also being freed by the Pakistan authorities during repatriation of 12 militants. It may be recalled that 14 relatives of Prisoners of War (PoWs), who recently made a fortnight long trip to different jails of Pakistan, had disclosed on their return that a number of Indian prisoners were lodged in Pakistani jails though they couldn't trace any PoW.