15 More Pak Ultras Freed From 8 Jails
13 August 2007
The Daily Excelsior
Jammu: Two days after Jammu and Delhi Police jointly eliminated Jaish-e- Mohammed (JeM) divisional commander and Ayodhya fidayeen attack mastermind Saifullah Qari and his Pakistani associate Zaffar Iqbal on outskirts of the City, the Government today ordered release of 15 Pakistani militants, seven belonging to the same outfit and eight others to Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), Harkat-ul-Jehad Islami (HUJI) and Hizbul Mujahideen outfits. The militants, all of whom had operated in different areas of the State, were freed from eight jails of the country where they had been lodged for last two to three years after their arrest. Soon after receiving the Government directive, authorities in jails where the militants had been kept in judicial lock-up, were freed tonight and would be transported to Wagah border in Amritsar district of Punjab during the night itself under tight security arrangements. They will be deported to Pakistan authorities at Wagah at 10 am tomorrow, official sources told the Excelsior. Two militants each were freed from Kot Bhalwal jail in Jammu, Jodhpur jail and Central jail, Jodhpur (Rajasthan), Sangroor jail in Punjab and Tihar jail in New Delhi. Three militants were released from Naini jail in Allahabad district of Uttar Pradesh while one militant each were released from Central jail, Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh) and Central jail, Agra (Uttar Pradesh). Consular access of the militants has been completed by External Affairs Ministry and Pakistan Government had admitted that all 15 ultras were Pakistani nationals. Most of the militants, freed tonight, were detained under Public Safety Act (PSA) for their involvement in subversive activities across the State. To facilitate their release, the Home Department vide its order No. Home-PB-V has revoked PSA detention of all 15 militants with immediate effect. Of 15 released militants, nine hailed from Pakistan and six from Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK). Top officials of Intelligence agencies would accompany the militants upto Wagah border where they will reach from different States amidst heightened security arrangements. After completion of formalities, the militants will cross to their country from Wagah. Incidentally, 15 Pakistanis will win freedom and reach their country on August 14, the Independence Day in Pakistan. The militants, who were freed from high security Kot Bhalwal jail, have been identified as Mohammad Billal alias Billu son of Sardar Lal R-o Gurkhi, Lahore and Umar Din (code name Amjad Chadha) son of Kiyam-ud-Din R-o Keyan Sharief, Aathmuqam, Kundal Shahi, Muzaffarabad (PoK). Two ultras, who won freedom from Sangrur jail, are Javid Akhtar Abbasi (code name Arslan) son of Hussain Akhtar R-o Beer Bagla, Rawalpindi and Talib Hussain (code name Irfan Shah) son of Sadiq Hussain R-o Madina Market, Muzaffarabad. Two militants, who were released from Jodhpur jail, include Mohamad Sharief Haidari alias Sharief son of Salabat Khan R-o Chak No. 629 Baggidal Jaandwali, Faisalabad and Shekhawat Hussain Shah son of Ashiq Hussan R-o Challan, PoK. Two militants, who secured freedom from Central jail, Jodhpur, are Sofi Jamal (code Mushtaq) son of Buland Khan R-o Kail Aathmuqam, Muzaffarabad, PoK and Mohammad Ramzan Ansari (code Vikas Khan Afghani) son of Mohammad Saleem R-o Chack 112 Kullari Jarranwali, Faisalabad. Three militants, who will cross over to Wagah from Naini jail and Naini central jail, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, are Sajjad Sajid Khan son of Akbar Khan R-o Chak Rawalakot, Poonch, PoK, Mohammad Akram Balouch (code Hamid Balouch) son of Dalil Khan R-o Quetta, Balochistan and Mohammad Ishfaq Rajput son of Mohammad Shaffi R-o Modipora, Sialkot. Two militants, who were set free from Tihar jail in New Delhi, were Tariq Abdullah Lohar alias Abu Samana son of Wahab Lohar R-o Koriengi, Karachi and Saifullah (code Bobby) son of Mohammad Malik Khan R-o Kadhari Colony, Lahore. Amjad Ali Jat (code Ali Akbar) son of Khursheed Ali R-o Revirejan, Pazwalla Shivpora, Lahore. Alam Khan son of Behram Khan R-o Seeri Dhara, Muzaffarabad, PoK, was released from Central jail, Varanasi. About one and a half month back, 18 Pakistani militants, who too had operated in Jammu and Kashmir, were released by the Government and handed over to Pakistan via Wagah border. Sources said Pakistan was also expected to release some Indian fishermen, who had crossed over to Pakistani territory while fishing in Gujarat sea, after the release of 15 militants from Wagah. According to sources, out of 15 released militants, seven belonged to Jaish-e-Mohammed outfit and rest to LeT, HUJI and Hizbul groups.