Adiyala Jail missing prisoners: Spy agencies admit custody

Published: December 10, 2010

Counsel for intelligence agencies says the men had been detained under the Army Act.

ISLAMABAD: 

After long denying having anything to do with the disappearance of 11 acquitted persons from Adiyala jail, the top spy agencies of the country have now admitted that the men are indeed in their custody.

During the hearing of a case in this regard on Thursday in the Supreme Court, they alleged that the 11 men were involved in terrorist activities.

The relatives of the 11 missing persons claimed that the intelligence agencies had picked them up from the premises of the Adiyala Jail, an accusation that the agencies still deny.  A three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, was hearing the case regarding disappearance of the accused from Adiyala Jail after their acquittal by the court.

In a surprising development, Raja Muhammad Irshad – counsel for the Inter-Services Intelligence agency, the Military Intelligence agency and the Intelligence Bureau – admitted before the court that the 11 people are in the custody of these agencies and are being investigated. He said that the accused had been detained under the Army Act.

Irshad said that the men are suspected of involvement in various terrorist acts, including the suicide attack that killed the former surgeon-general of the Pakistan Army Lt-Gen Mushtaq Baig, the attack on the General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi, Hamza Camp and the Kamra complex.

The missing prisoners are Dr Niaz Ahmed, Mazharul Haq, Shafiqur Rehman, Mohammad Aamir, Syed Abdul Majid, Abdul Basit, Syed Abdul Saboor, Shafique Ahmed, Saeed Arab, Gulroze and Tehseenullah. They have been missing from the Adiala Jail since May 28, after they were released.

Irshad said that initially, these men were not in the custody of intelligence agencies and, after they were released, they surrendered themselves to people posing as intelligence officials. These people were taking the prisoners to an area where the army was conducting an operation against militants.

The army arrested 20 people in that area and these 11 were among the arrests made. Hence, he pleaded, the intelligence agencies did not pick them up from the Adiyala Jail, rather they were arrested from the tribal areas.

Earlier, the men were acquitted in four terrorism cases by a trial court, including charges under the Explosive Substance Act in April this year.

They were arrested for a rocket attack on Pakistan Aeronautical Complex, Kamra; firing anti-aircraft missile at a plane carrying former president Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf and carrying out suicide attacks on the bus of an intelligence agency in Rawalpindi and the main entrance of the GHQ.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 10th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (20)

  • Copper
    Dec 9, 2010 - 3:49PM

    Bravo CJ!! gr8 progress.
    But who is gonna punish these agencies for denying ? Recommend

  • Dec 9, 2010 - 4:34PM

    This is very good initiative for law enforcement. This will help the nation to improve its dignity.Recommend

  • Sengathir
    Dec 9, 2010 - 4:57PM

    wish we have such judges in India, to kick the ‘deep state’…Recommend

  • pakee
    Dec 9, 2010 - 5:28PM

    Pakis can see a hope in the shape Iftikhar Choudhry.
    To hell with army act, this army is only a force to suppress to its own country men, already exposed by Wikileaks.

    3 cheers for CJ of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Those who comment from their Drawing Rooms
    Dec 9, 2010 - 6:23PM

    In real world, you need to ACTUALLY punish who are reason of terrorism/Recommend

  • Anil
    Dec 9, 2010 - 7:00PM

    @Sengathir
    Mate yes you should have these judges in India who set terrorists free, Now these 11 killers will be set free to kill more people, hats off to the CJ.Recommend

  • Dec 9, 2010 - 7:01PM

    How much more in the name of “Army Act”? Blasphemy law, army act needs revision. Who’ll do that? Recommend

  • From the Table
    Dec 9, 2010 - 7:29PM

    @Those who comment from their Drawing Rooms: How do you know that these people are responsible for terrorism? People who are responsible for terrorism are given a security blanket to hold meetings in guest houses in G6 – supposedly to negotiate a solution to the troubles in Orakzai. Just because they were arrested doesnt mean they are guilty! Tommorow, someone from your family or friends could be picked up! Would you accept the same argument that “in real world, you need to ACTUALLY punish who are reason of terrorism/”Recommend

  • aamir hussain
    Dec 9, 2010 - 8:35PM

    its very easy to sit around and type few letters against Goverment and Army…
    first of all we must know that Army is all togather different from Agencies like ISI, FIA, CID and many more…
    second as we all are suffering from the disease of terrorism, and our law and enforcement depart are understres, over burdened and fatigued of this long run war..in these circumstances neither agencies nor the Army is able to afford act that will go against their popularity….conti,,….Recommend

  • aamir hussain
    Dec 9, 2010 - 8:47PM

    cont…
    third we know that our judicial system is not a flawless system,
    so there is strong possiblity that these criminals are exploiting our judicial system and using it as a shield..in these circumstances if Agencies are taking any step to bring them to justice and detaining them under army act,,,i think its justified….otherwise why these agencis have detained bunch of useless peoples, and took a defamed decision…i think we should see our judicial systems flaws first and then ask those who are putting our families in danger for sake of country.Recommend

  • Iqbal Khan
    Dec 9, 2010 - 9:51PM

    The CJ should hold serious charges against ISI and MI officials responsible for lying to the court. Recommend

  • Owais Iqbal
    Dec 9, 2010 - 10:13PM

    I wonder why only the suspects of suicide attacks on Surgeon General of Pakistan Army, Army General Headquarters, firing anti-aircraft missile on a plane carrying former president Pervez Musharraf and suicide attacks on the bus of an intelligence agency in Rawalpindi at General Headquarters are indentified? What about the numerous massacres that took place on mosques and mausoleums, when are the criminals of that devilish acts going to be held responsible? What stops these security agencies to bring them all to the justice? I love Army and ISI, and often defending them wherever I have to remark on their role but when I come to think of this aspect involving them, it creates doubts and suspicion of their evil intentions in my mind.Recommend

  • Danish
    Dec 9, 2010 - 11:01PM

    @ Anil

    You are right on the point.

    @ Others

    CJ Iftikhar should first get his own house in order. These lower judiciary officials are afraid of Taliban and set them free on just one threatening call. Buck up agencies, that is a good counter of corrupt judges. Catch these all terrorists and hang them publicly.Recommend

  • Iqbal Khan
    Dec 9, 2010 - 11:24PM

    Mr. Moderator ! Are you so much afraid or having such strong censorship that any word of truth said against ISI, MI and Army is censored by you.. As usual you are not publishing my comments submitted 2 hours ago !!!!! Is this your freedom of expression ?Recommend

  • Dec 10, 2010 - 12:13AM

    This is only the tip of the iceberg. Look how these agencies spread propaganda in Pakistan’s media: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/dec/09/pakistani-newspaper-fake-leaks-indiaRecommend

  • Ahsanullah Mehsud
    Dec 10, 2010 - 12:23AM

    Nice step forward by agencies it will restore their credibility in the eyes of nation. interrogation does not matter.but not at the cost of their lives and health. Recommend

  • Nadeem Ahmed
    Dec 10, 2010 - 4:38AM

    Another great victory for terrorists. Everyone knows that civil courts have no courage to punish these hard core criminals. Haven’t we seen it in Swat Valley, when civil administaration including police and judiciary surrendered to terrorists. It was our brave army which restored law and order and brought back civil administration including judiciary. Its unfortunate that in this matter, CJ and those who curse army are on the wrong side of history. After getting blunt reply from agencies, what will be his course of action? Recommend

  • khan
    Dec 10, 2010 - 8:21AM

    Under pressure from the Supreme Court the ISI is now basically saying: we admit that we lied somewhat and we do have these 11 men in our custody but, hell no, we will not admit to brazenly breaking the law and kidnapping them from a police station, instead we now insist that we ‘lawfully’ picked them up from the tribal areas.

    Can anyone in Pakistan feels safe when such lawless goons go willy-nilly picking up, torturing and perhaps killing anyone they deem to be guilty? Where is the law? Who are they accountable to? What is to stop a senior ISI official from pursuing a personal vendetta under the cover of ‘national security’?

    OK, there is a serious ongoing terrorist threat in the country. It is time that a proper procedures be laid down which permit the detention of suspected terrorists all within the ambit of the law. At the same time, no one should be allowed to lawlessly rampage through the country without being answerable to the law of the land. Recommend

  • Anil
    Dec 10, 2010 - 1:16PM

    Fact remains and this is the bitter reality we dont have CCTV camera’s like UK installed at every street, these people are dangerous, and they are out there to kill not only the Amry men but us, Now what do you do, take them to court and then have them released , I am sorry but what did the Court do to that Maulvi who took over Lal Masjid, that Maulvi held a city hostage but he was released, CJ lives in a dream world, we are in living in exceptional times and these would require drastic measures, you cant always play by rules.
    But again its up to the people of Pakistan, if they want to be killed my these people and they rather have them free then its up to them, I gave up on Pakistani People long time ago…….Recommend

  • samina Noman
    Dec 10, 2010 - 2:36PM

    God Bless you CJ and Protect you from every harm…All the bestRecommend

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