Bannu jailbreak: Peshawar High Court orders judicial probe

Published: April 17, 2012
Pakistani security officials gather at the damaged main entrance of a prison following an attack by armed militants in Bannu on April 15, 2012. PHOTO: AFP

Pakistani security officials gather at the damaged main entrance of a prison following an attack by armed militants in Bannu on April 15, 2012. PHOTO: AFP

PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court has ordered a judicial inquiry into the Bannu prison break, appointing two officials who have been given three days to file their report to the provincial apex court.

A senior government official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told The Express Tribune that PHC Chief Justice Dost Muhammad Khan had personally taken note of the issue. “The two people appointed to the judicial committee are Ashfaq Taj, an additional registrar at the PHC’s Bannu Bench, and District and Sessions Judge Adil Khan,” said the official.

The two-member committee has been given three days to complete their probe, which will require them to question the staff of the jail that was on duty at the time of the audacious escape on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the incident appears to have created a panic within the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government, with the police department, intelligence agencies and other government officials holding meetings round the clock since Sunday to determine how exactly the Taliban were able to free 384 prisoners and how those still at large may be recaptured.

Sources within the provincial home and tribal affairs department said that intelligence agencies and police officials have been drawing up detailed plans for the re-arrest of the 281 prisoners still at large. “Every relevant department has been given a specific list of tasks to perform,” said one source.

A spokesperson for the department, Qamar Ali, confirmed that the meetings had been taking place. “Yes, the government and police officials are keeping close contact with the intelligence agencies to arrest all the escaped prisoners of the Bannu jail,” he said, but declined to elaborate further.

Sources also confirmed that 103 prisoners, including those who voluntarily turned themselves in, has so far been rearrested.

The Kurram Agency administration has confirmed arresting two prisoners who managed to escape from Bannu jail. Sources in the administration confirmed that Sardar Ali and Mushtaq Hussain, charged with murder, were arrested at a security checkpoint at Chaprai.

Meanwhile, Ayub Khan, a death-row prisoner, who also escaped from the Bannu jail was found dead in the Ping area bordering the Bannu Frontier Region.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • Parvez
    Apr 17, 2012 - 10:57PM

    Judicial probe…………and then what ????


  • Apr 17, 2012 - 11:54PM

    and then a long silence


  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Apr 18, 2012 - 12:02AM

    After the Bannu jail breaking incident, it seems that the terrorists are more powerful and dedicated towards their duties, in comparison with the law enforcing agencies and the Government of KP.


  • Oopsie!
    Apr 18, 2012 - 12:03AM

    who takes them serious anyway?! Never in 64 years history judiciary would have done such massive “business” than in last 4 years! *losing hope, Mr.CJ!


  • Shahid
    Apr 18, 2012 - 12:10AM

    After nothing, and then nothing.


  • Ashar
    Apr 18, 2012 - 12:39AM

    Crying over spilt milk


  • Apr 18, 2012 - 12:42AM

    Like Memo and NRO…..


  • Apr 18, 2012 - 12:43AM

    CJ has lost his respect ……..


  • DB
    Apr 18, 2012 - 1:09AM

    The same broken court system will do a probe? Just hand over the jail and police system to army, at least then even if attacked, we can except soldiers to put up a fight.


  • Babloo
    Apr 18, 2012 - 2:02AM

    The government should announce a 500$ reward to every escaped inmate , who comes back. It would solve 80% of the problem. But be careful. Instead of 500, 5000 people may turn up claiming to be escapees.


  • Ch Allah Daad
    Apr 18, 2012 - 2:55AM

    “Nathia Gali” is the best place for this judicial probe.


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