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LAHORE: Punjab prisons department on Thursday told the Lahore High Court that a man convicted by a military court in 2003 Musharraf attack case has been released two weeks ago.

A provincial law officer presented before the court a report of Sahiwal high security jail and maintained that the authorities released the convict, Adnan Khan, on Feb 4 on completion of his sentence.

However, mother of the convict rejected the report as being false and told the court that her son had not reached home yet. Saira Khan said the jail authorities had not informed the family about the release of Adnan, which was mandatory.

Justice Shahid Hameed Dar, however, disposed of the contempt of court petition in light of the department’s report.

Saira Khan had filed the petition through Advocate Mujahid Waseem, seeking action against the jail authorities for not releasing his son as directed by the court. The counsel stated that the court had ordered the authorities to recalculate sentence of Adnan, including government amnesties/remissions awarded to him and fix his probable release date.

An appeal by the government against that order was also dismissed by a division bench. The military court had awarded 15-year punishment to Adnan Khan.

The former president had escaped an attempt on his life on Dec 14, 2003 near Jhanda Chichi bridge, Rawalpindi.

Published in Dawn, February 17th, 2017