Militants Among 26 Pak Prisoners Being Released

12 October 2009
The Daily Excelsior
Sanjeev Pargal

Jammu: For the first time since 26-11 Mumbai terror attacks, the Centre has given a go ahead to the Intelligence agencies to release 26 Pakistani prisoners, arrested in Jammu and Kashmir and lodged in three different jails of the State besides a police station. Acting swiftly, the Intelligence agencies have dispatched 26 Pakistani prisoners to Amritsar district jail along with their all documents for consular access by Pakistani authorities. The prisoners, hailing from different provinces of Pakistan besides Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), were today taken out of Central Jail, Kot Bhalwal, Jammu, District Jail, Ambphalla, Jammu, Central Jail Srinagar and police station Uri, amidst tight security arrangements and were driven to Amritsar where they would be provided consular access by the Pakistan authorities tomorrow morning. Some of the Pakistani prisoners, set to be freed shortly, were militants of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and Hizbul Mujahideen outfits., official sources said. The consular access is provided by the staff of Pakistanís External Affairs Ministry. 'Only after Pakistanís Foreign Ministry identified the Pakistani nationals that they would be handed over to Pakistan authorities at Wagah border in Amritsar district after few days', sources said. The prisoners would be brought back after two days stay in Amritsar jail during which Pakistan authorities would verify their credentials. Pakistan would report back to the Centre Government confirming or denying identity of their nationals. Only those Pakistani prisoners, whose nationality is confirmed by Pakistan Government, would be repatriated from Wagah on a date mutually fixed by the two Governments. Simultaneously, the Indian side is also expecting release of the detenues of this side languishing in different Pakistani jails for past quite some time. However, Pakistan authorities have not conveyed any date so far to the Indian side for consular access of prisoners of this side. Five Pakistani prisoners being freed from Central Jail, Srinagar include Shahzad Khan alias Capt Abdullah Umar son of Nawab Khan R-o Rawlakote, PoK, Fakhar-ul-Zaman Khokher alias Fakhar (code name Abu Tallah) son of Inayatullah R-o Gujranwala, Syed Moin Ullah Shah son of Mian Badshah Rawan R-o North West Frontier Province (NWFP), Qari Mohammad Ismail son of Wali Mohammad Khosa R-o Sindh and Qasim Shah Badshah alias Badshah alias Janbaz Askari alias Gul Khan son of Syed Fazal Shah Badshah R-o Peshawar. The Pakistani to be released from Uri police station has been identified as Kapoor Jan wife of Yaqboob Mir, a resident of PoK, an illegal border crosser. Only prisoner to be freed from District Jail, Ambphalla, Jammu was Wali Mohammad (code name Uncle Babar) son of Mohammad Ibrahim R-o Karachi. Nineteen prisoners, set to gain freedom from Central Jail, Kot Bhalwal, Jammu are Zaheer Abbassi son of Akhtar Abbasi R-o Muzaffarabad, Mohammad Hashim Khan (code Darwash) son of Umar Hayat Khan R-o Balochistan, Mohammad Imran Bhar alias Umer Saini son of Mohammad Jameel Bhat R-o Punjab, Atta Arif son of Attaullah R-o Narowal, Mubashir Ali Shah son of Younis Ali Shah R-o Sialkote, Ahsan Shah son of Arif Shah R-o Sialkote, Mohammad Ismail Chohan son of Alam Din R-o Muzaffarabad and Mohammad Yaseen Niyazi son of Mohammad Hanief R-o Sialkote. Mohammad Aslam Khokher son of Khair-ud-Din, Arabi Ishaq Teli alias Arabi son of Sadiq Teli and Abdul Razzaq Mughal Pathan son of Mohammad Bhoota, all residents of Sialkote, Anwar Massih son of Mukhtiyar Massih R-o Shakergarh, Narowal, Riyaz Ahmad son of Fayyaz Ahmad R-o Mehrabal, Latief Ahmad Mir son of Arif-ud-Din Mir R-o Kirni, PoK, Mohammad Banaras Khan son of Mohammad Bashir R-o PoK, Nadeem Akhtar son of Akbar Ali R-o Shakergarh, Mohammad Khalid Javaid son of Mohammad Akbar Ali R-o Bhawalpur, Sher Ali son of Yaseen Ali R-o Pakistan and Nazar Mohammad son of Lal Mohammad R-o Kotli, PoK. According to sources, majority of Pakistani prisoners, taken for consular access, have been detained under Public Safety Act (PSA) at present pending deportation. Their PSA would be revoked as soon as the Pakistan authorities confirmed their nationality and a day is fixed for their deportation. This is for the first time after 26-11 Mumbai terror attacks last year after which ties between India and Pakistan had touched its lowest ebb that the Government has decided to release 26 Pakistani prisoners including the militants, who have completed their sentences. During last over 10 months, authorities in the State, reportedly under instructions from the Central Government, had stopped consular access of the Pakistani prisoners.