KARACHI: DawnNews, on Thursday, telecast an exclusive footage of a high-profile prisoner, who escaped from Bannu Central Prison last week, talking with the Taliban.

Adnan Rashid, who was convicted in an attack on former president Pervez Musharraf, was shown as being welcomed by the Taliban in an area which appears to be somewhere in Pakistan’s north-west tribal belt.

He has been shown talking in Pashtu with his hosts in these words:

Qari sahib, how are you? How is your health? Are you feeling well.”

A jubilant Rashid looking all around from his car’s window replied; “Alhamdullah (All praise to Allah) all is well.”

Have you won your freedom from the prison, another militant poses a query to which Adnan nodding his head again says “Alhamdullah (All praise to Allah).”

Another Taliban fighter asked Rashid, how much time did you spend in jail? Adnan Rashid replied “Eight years and four months.”

“I was convicted to death,” he added.

Rashid also replied in affirmative when the questioner inquired, if he had been convicted in Musharraf’s suicide attack case.

Nearly 400 prisoners including militants escaped on Aril 15 from Bannu Jail after an attack by insurgents armed with guns, grenades and rockets.

More than 150 heavily-armed militants stormed the central prison outside the restive northwestern town of Bannu bordering the lawless tribal regions where Taliban and al Qaeda linked militants are known to operate.

Rashid was enjoying the facility of cellular phone inside the death cells of different jails where he was lodged after being sentenced to death by a field general court martial for his alleged attempt on the life of former president Gen (retired) Pervez Musharraf.

The former junior technician of Pakistan Air Force, Rashid is a resident of Chota Lahor area of Swabi district. He is fluent in English, Pashto and Urdu. He used to contribute to several social networking sites including Blogs and Facebook from the prison. He had joined PAF in 1997. He was around 24 when he was arrested in early 2004.

The escaped prisoner was in contact with the world outside the prison through his cellular phone, according to sources. He was also in touch with several journalists and used to send them messages through short message service (SMS).

Prior to his escape, Rashid continued to plead his innocence and claimed that his only crime was that he had voted “No” in the referendum held by the then military president Gen Musharraf.


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Umair
April 20, 2012 12:05 am
Nect time we catch these militants we should kill them right there. There is enough relevant issues to spend time, money and energy on instead of keeping these idiots alive. They are traitors to the state and they should be shot immediately!
ali
April 20, 2012 12:07 am
So what is this guy going to do now? Pretty obvious the jail authorities collaboated in all this escapade. Why not let em all free if we cannot hold them in prisons and punish them.
Qamar
April 20, 2012 1:24 am
If big criminals can be ministers and senior officials, petty criminals may be let free..... no big deal.
Aamir
April 20, 2012 1:29 am
This is the real truth about so called "sovereignty" of Pakistan and the sheer incompetence of its intelligence agencies.
Omar
April 20, 2012 1:37 am
eight years on death row, !!!!!and an escape later on. Story just keeps getting better and better. If we were not a failed state before , the last 4 years have firmed the argument for it. Shame on u,CORRUPT,INCOMPETENT government.
umair
April 20, 2012 1:40 am
I am sure by now Government has made an investigation team. Or may be they will suspend someone for the cause. The height of corruption is unbelievable in Pakistani politics.
azam qadeer
April 20, 2012 2:04 am
how did dawn got this vedio. Amazing. it mean there are too many things happening to make people fool?
Adnan
April 20, 2012 2:24 am
catch him and hang him
Sam
April 20, 2012 2:33 am
I don't understand where Pakistani authorities are guiding the country to ? Why this country can't have peace all round? Why are we after loosing our image? Why learning a lesson is too difficult for our rulers? etc.etc.
babloo
April 20, 2012 4:41 am
Absolutely...!!!
HH
April 20, 2012 5:47 am
Here's a good reason why drones actually do accomplish good deeds...
Zakir Akbar
April 20, 2012 6:13 am
Why there is no su moto action by Chief justice. Of course he won't, because he is busy with memo and nro cases.
Hidayat
April 20, 2012 7:07 am
He was in jail for eight years. Innnocent or culprit. Our poor system of justice helpless to decide in such a short time - - -.
Waqas
April 20, 2012 7:39 am
Just because these militants have forgotten the value of human life, doesn't mean that the rest of us should too...
AliPasha1
April 20, 2012 8:19 am
Taliban are a threat to human civilization.
Ahmed
April 20, 2012 8:54 am
They are NOT traitors of the State, our Goverment is the Traitor of our own people. After 9/11 attacks, we turned against our own people in Northern Pakistan (the ones that have historically guarded our borders, the ones we supported throughout), however, after 9/11, we became the so called ALLY and turned our weapons against our own people, kiling civilians in villages, welcoming Drone attacks, etc, and now we are reaping what we have sowed.
sheikg
April 20, 2012 9:20 am
BUT THEY ARE YOUR STRATEGIC ASSETS ,CAN BE USED FOR ANY PURPOSE AGAINST ANYBODY,BE IT US/NATO/AFGAN/INDIA. UNFORTUNATELY THEY ARE NOW AGAINST their very mentor boss ISI. Its always true whatever strong and skilled and capable be a SNAKECHARMER who rears poisnous snakes at its BACKYARD,for encountering anybody as a strategic assets,but the death of the snake charmer is alwas on the bites of this very snakes who had been reared by him. In this case the snake charmer is ISI/Pak army. You(Pakistan) have to pay the price what you have reared as good taliban,no escape.
Mehdi
April 20, 2012 9:40 am
Just wanted to ask those who were adamant that he was innocent; and still crying for so called 'missing persons' to be released. Also want to ask the courts that stop working for 'qanoon' and do something for 'justice'
tahir
April 20, 2012 10:19 am
What.. is the point of convicting someone to death if the punishment is not going to be carried out?
Junaid
April 20, 2012 10:50 am
The issue is not how he managed to escape. The more relevant question is this: If our judiciary is really free and oh-so-effective, why in the world was he kept alive for eight years and four months after he had been sentenced to death. None of this would have happened if the sentence were implemented immediately.
zeeshan
April 20, 2012 11:08 am
what is the difference between a mind less killer and you if both thinks that killing without evidence and trail is fine and fair?
janan
April 20, 2012 11:52 am
Agreed!
Ali
April 20, 2012 3:22 pm
Yes, ISI should reap what it has bowed during Zia regime. You cannot mark some snakes as good snakes and some as bad. They (Taliban) are now freelance killers. US/India/ISI whoever gives them money they will start their favorite game.............shedding blood of innocent people
Mehdi Maloof
April 20, 2012 5:37 pm
Obviously it isn't how he managed to escape. Neither is our judiciary's non-effectiveness the issue: the conviction rate is 10%. The issue is why the hell did he have a cell phone and access to internet.
Mehdi Maloof
April 20, 2012 5:38 pm
okay. thanks for the great advice mate. you rock.
calmdown
April 21, 2012 1:25 am
Well, frankly, attacking Musharraf was not a major sin... Musharraf has done more damage to our country's honour, unity and integrity than any number of malcontents in the mountains. In fact, Musharraf is why we have malcontents... and why we have Baloch rebels... and why we have Raymond Davis and Sargent Bales... Yet Musharraf is free, and is always threatening to come back.
M R Khawaja
April 20, 2012 11:18 pm
Do not understand why they spend so much public money to catch them put them in prison to feed them and let them go. In acountry where turne a stone you will find a Terriorist/Robber/Murderer you name them Pakistan got them not only from its own territory but from all over the world how can you call it a country and a state with Nuclear powr it is a Banana Republic although you keep saying no. Surprises me pakistanis complaining why no country will send team to play there they are not mad or crazy to send their young players to this mad house they cant protect their own people how they will protect others Bangla Desh did the right thing to refuse to send their team.
M R Khawaja
April 20, 2012 11:23 pm
Go to North wazirstan but please take your family with you you will be happy there i am sure but i do not blame you for going there who would like to live in this country not many if they had a choice i guess.
shahid mahmood (@dap
April 20, 2012 9:56 pm
I would rather have the Taliban rule than any Pakistani politician or military leaders
Aimal
April 20, 2012 10:36 pm
He was captured from Quetta and then was in Bannu jail, which is 1 Km away from Tribal Area with jail guard got just 30 bullets in his gun. If he was so imp, he would belong somewhere in bunker of ISI not in jail guarded by some police men sleeping. Interestingly all attackers were speaking Urdu and in Bannu and surrounding areas all locals are Pashto speaking. It seems a big drama in which he is released under some deal by some armed wing of Army or Panjabi Taliban. Now lets see what other surprises come ahead.
SS
April 20, 2012 10:39 pm
Pakistan does not have control over its own territory. Pathetic.
Noor
April 21, 2012 1:28 am
Just as when Supreme Court of Pakistan released confessed criminal of over 100 murders Ishaq Malik!
farzq
April 21, 2012 10:18 am
due process/appeals system is in place so no wrongfully convicted person is killed, you can set a man free if you find out he was innocent, you cannot bring him from the dead if you hang him and he turns out to be innocent. So expecting a death sentence to be carried out without full due process is wrong.
farzq
April 21, 2012 10:21 am
better to put such dangerous people down in police encounters, but then Dawn would carry a story about the murder of justice, no win situation, but at least tax payer money would not have been spent in this losing cause if these people were taken care of in a fake encounter
farzq
April 21, 2012 10:25 am
no dude, shame on the awam, for electing these corrupt people and guess what they will elect AAZ and PPP again, they deserve all that happens to them, I will vote for PTI, but PTI will lose because 90% poor Pakistani will vote for likes of AAZ, the story will keep repeating till there is no more Pakistan
j. von hettlingen
April 21, 2012 2:33 pm
That Rashid could use cellphones in his cells shows either the Bannu Central Prison doesn't have a regid regime or its personal is corrupt.
Maqbool
April 21, 2012 2:49 pm
Neither the government nor the people love their country..so this is bound to happen. If they did they would obey laws..but right now both govt and people are bending the law of the country for their benefit..no country can survive for long if personal greed overtakes national solidarity!
Itrat Khaliq
April 21, 2012 3:06 pm
Pakistan is decaying, God help us All.
Ahmed
April 22, 2012 1:15 am
Who transferred such a High Profile Terrorist to such insecure location???? Hez indeed innocent as he claimed, isnt he???? Dear Countrymen Congrats.. till now we have either Pushtuns or Punjabi Talibans, the latest addition is Urdu Speaking Talibans (the attackers were speaking urdu) isnt that Great...What a Drama!!!!
khan
April 22, 2012 6:32 am
now no one will talk about Musharaf what he did with the missing people...atleast he showed some courage to kill him...think again how much had change in pakistan since 99 and now...
khan
April 22, 2012 6:39 am
i think people sitting in parliament are more dangerous thn this guy...!!! wake up guys where is afia and missing people...who push country to this edge and now he is enjoying life outside...
wahab
April 22, 2012 6:51 am
8 years, and case was still not decided..there should be increase in judges and cases should be dealt quickly..will solve many of our problems!!
Adil
April 25, 2012 2:56 am
You are right but these police people need to be taught a lesson too. They are losing their control almost in every city and that's why we see so many military operations. Its a shame the way they behave on roads and the way they perform when it comes to protection of their own jail.
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