KARACHI: Police official, who was in-charge of security of accused of terrorism, was tasked to offer prayers along with Ahmed Omar Shaikh, the convicted murderer of Denial Pearl, paving ways for escape of the two hardened terrorists of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, reveals internal probe report of the jail department.
The two under-trial prisoners, Sheikh Mohammad alias Firon and Ahmed Khan alias Manako, were present in the jail’s judicial complex for a hearing when they managed to escape, reports issued earlier say.
An Assistant Sub-Inspector of Police, Mohammad Faroosh, was tasked to offer prayers with Ahmed Omar Shaikh, convict in murder case of American journalist, Daniel Pearl, which paved ways for escape of two Lashkar-e-Jhangvi terrorists, the report reads, adding the same ASI was responsible for the security of inmates, who would be brought to anti-terrorism court and was also responsibility for ensure that inmates are produced before the courts according to the cause list.
The report by DIG Prison Pervez Chandio the concerned officer was tasked by “someone” to offer Zuhar prayers with Ahmed Omar Shaikh due to which he would have to leave his sensitive job for two hours, daily.
According to reports, Ahmed Omar Shaikh, who had requested for companion to offer prayers with Jama’at had himself selected for the joint prayers. According to the report, on the day when jailbreak happened Faroosh had gone in the cell of Shaikh and when the prisoners came back were already numbered. According to report the murderer of Daniel Pearl has been given three inmates as Mushaqati (laborers).
Meanwhile, according to reports the Law enforcement agencies have taken into custody two terror convicts during a raid at Karachi Central Jail who were recruiting inmates for the Islamic States.
Reports reveal that up to 30 prisoners were recruited from inside the jail premises by the banned organization. Of the 30 prisoners recruited into Daesh, 12 have been released on bail and their whereabouts are unknown, added sources.
Law enforcement agencies have raided the residences of the Daesh recruits released on bail but have not been able to trace the missing individuals. This is not the first instance of militant or criminal activity surfacing from within the jail premises.
Earlier, a report by the Counter-Terrorism Department has revealed that terrorists imprisoned at Central Jail Karachi had access to the prison’s record room and sensitive document. The report has come months after the escape of two high-profile terrorists affiliated with the proscribed Lashkar-e-Jhangvi.
The two under-trial prisoners, Sheikh Mohammad alias Firon and Ahmed Khan alias Manako, were present in the jail’s judicial complex for a hearing when they managed to escape, an official had said.
A report by security officials, prepared after the jailbreak, had stated that prisoners belonging to banned outfits are virtually running the Karachi Central Jail and managing their network from behind bars without any fear or repercussions.
The report had added that prison officials have no power or control over certain dangerous prisoners, who openly hurl threats at the officials. The CTD had then said that the two LeJ terrorists escaped to Afghanistan after breaking out of Karachi jail in June. The CTD had also informed that the suspects fled to Afghanistan through the Chaman border in Balochistan.
As many as twelve police personnel, including the jail superintendent and deputy jail superintendent, were arrested at the behest of Sindh law and prisons minister after the jailbreak.