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Bannu Jail absconder shown with Taliban in a video footage

Published Apr 19, 2012 06:20pm


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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 Apr 20, 2012 12:05am
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 Apr 20, 2012 12:07am
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 Apr 20, 2012 01:24am
If big criminals can be ministers and senior officials, petty criminals may be let free..... no big deal.
Aamir Apr 20, 2012 01:29am
This is the real truth about so called "sovereignty" of Pakistan and the sheer incompetence of its intelligence agencies.
Omar Apr 20, 2012 01:37am
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 Apr 20, 2012 01:40am
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 Apr 20, 2012 02:04am
how did dawn got this vedio. Amazing. it mean there are too many things happening to make people fool?
Adnan Apr 20, 2012 02:24am
catch him and hang him
Sam Apr 20, 2012 02:33am
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 Apr 20, 2012 04:41am
HH Apr 20, 2012 05:47am
Here's a good reason why drones actually do accomplish good deeds...
Zakir Akbar Apr 20, 2012 06:13am
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 Apr 20, 2012 07:07am
He was in jail for eight years. Innnocent or culprit. Our poor system of justice helpless to decide in such a short time - - -.
Waqas Apr 20, 2012 07:39am
Just because these militants have forgotten the value of human life, doesn't mean that the rest of us should too...
AliPasha1 Apr 20, 2012 08:19am
Taliban are a threat to human civilization.
Ahmed Apr 20, 2012 08:54am
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 Apr 20, 2012 09:20am
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 Apr 20, 2012 09:40am
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 Apr 20, 2012 10:19am
What.. is the point of convicting someone to death if the punishment is not going to be carried out?
Junaid Apr 20, 2012 10:50am
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 Apr 20, 2012 11:08am
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 Apr 20, 2012 11:52am
Ali Apr 20, 2012 03:22pm
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 Apr 20, 2012 05:37pm
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 Apr 20, 2012 05:38pm
okay. thanks for the great advice mate. you rock.
calmdown Apr 21, 2012 01:25am
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 Apr 20, 2012 11:18pm
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 Apr 20, 2012 11:23pm
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 Apr 20, 2012 09:56pm
I would rather have the Taliban rule than any Pakistani politician or military leaders
Aimal Apr 20, 2012 10:36pm
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 Apr 20, 2012 10:39pm
Pakistan does not have control over its own territory. Pathetic.
Noor Apr 21, 2012 01:28am
Just as when Supreme Court of Pakistan released confessed criminal of over 100 murders Ishaq Malik!
farzq Apr 21, 2012 10:18am
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 Apr 21, 2012 10:21am
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 Apr 21, 2012 10:25am
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 Apr 21, 2012 02:33pm
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 Apr 21, 2012 02:49pm
Neither the government nor the people love their 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 country can survive for long if personal greed overtakes national solidarity!
Itrat Khaliq Apr 21, 2012 03:06pm
Pakistan is decaying, God help us All.
Ahmed Apr 22, 2012 01:15am
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 Apr 22, 2012 06:32am
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 Apr 22, 2012 06:39am
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 Apr 22, 2012 06:51am
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 Apr 25, 2012 02:56am
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.