90 ‘dangerous’ prisoners transferred out of Karachi jail


KARACHI: The jail authorities have transferred 90 dangerous prisoners to other jails in the country, fearing that the inmates were in contact with a terrorist network outside the jail and could escape like the two others who escaped in June this year.

According to an official report, the network came to notice following the investigation in one of the most daring prison break incidents seen in June.

In the major prison transfer, 80 high-profile prisoners have been shifted to Sukkur, eight to Larkana and two to Rawalpindi.

The transfer of prisoners took place in phases, the report said. It added that 68 prisoners will be handed over to military courts for trial.

The jail administration, through the report, has notified the Sindh home department regarding the transfer of prisoners.

The decision to transfer prisoners and break the network was taken by the Sindh apex committee following the escape of two under-trial prisoners, Sheikh Muhammad alias Firon and Ahmed Khan alias Manako in June.

The two, who reportedly belonged to the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, had managed to escape from the jail’s judicial complex, where they were brought for a hearing.

The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD), which took over the investigation of the jail-break incident, said earlier that the escaped prisoners have fled to Afghanistan.


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