Assisting militants : Two imprisoned for life

Dr Iftikhar along with head constable Ilyas were accused of facilitating the getaway.

Our Correspondent May 23, 2013
PHC had granted bail to Dr Iftikhar in September, 2013. PHOTO: AFP


Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) Peshawar on Thursday sentenced two persons to life imprisonment over charges of helping high-profile suspected militants escape from police custody.

Nadeem Abbas and Zakeem Shah – wanted in several cases – escaped from police custody on August 12, 2011 while they were being driven to Khyber College after they complained of toothache. The convoy was attacked on Jamrud Road by unidentified gunmen, leaving three police personnel dead. Abbas and Shah were whisked away to an undisclosed location. Dr Iftikhar, a dental surgeon at Peshawar Central Jail, along with head constable Ilyas were later accused of facilitating the getaway.

On September 10, 2012, the PHC granted bail to Dr Iftikhar. However, during the case hearing before ATC judge Anwar Hussain on Thursday, Dr Iftikhar and Ilyas were both sentenced to life imprisonment.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 24th, 2013.


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