Mu­rad de­plores bail of jail of­fi­cials in es­cape of prison in­mates

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KARACHI: Sindh Chief Min­is­ter Mu­rad Ali Shah on Thurs­day de­plored the bail of three among fif­teen jail of­fi­cials who had been ar­rested for crim­i­nal neg­li­gence in the es­cape of two dan­ger­ous un­der-trial in­mates at the Karachi Cen­tral Jail.

The chief min­is­ter speak­ing to me­dia af­ter per­form­ing the con­clud­ing cer­e­mony of the Urs of Abdullah Shah Ghazi said that law en­force­ment agen­cies ar­rest ter­ror­ists af­ter long and hec­tic ef­forts and even lay down their lives.

“The es­cape of such ter­ror­ists from the cus­tody is a se­ri­ous crim­i­nal mat­ter,” he said and added it could not be ig­nored at any cost.

Counter Ter­ror­ism Of­fi­cials have ex­pressed fear that the in­mate may have fled to Afghanistan. Muham­mad Us­man alias Fi­raun and Muham­mad Ahmed alias Munna who be­longed to a pro­scribed out­fit es­caped from the prison of June 13.

CM Sindh said that he has no re­port whether the es­caped pris­on­ers have fled to Afghanistan, but they are in con­tact with other prov­inces and the Po­lice, Rangers, CTD and in­tel­li­gence agen­cies were work- ing in close co­or­di­na­tion to ar­rest them.

The chief min­is­ter said that he had taken the is­sue of es­caped pris­on­ers se­ri­ously and the ser­vices of some se­nior of­fi­cers have been sus­pended while fif­teen jail oth­ers were ar­rested for crim­i­nal neg­li­gence.

He de­plored that three out the fif­teen ar­rested jail of­fi­cials have been bailed, and said that the gov­ern­ment has filed an ap­peal against their bail or­der and the case in­ves­ti­ga­tion of­fi­cer has also been sus­pended.

He also said that the in­ves­ti­ga­tion has been as­signed to a SP for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion, which is un­usual for a se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer but has been made keep­ing in view the se­ri­ous­ness of the case.

CMSindh said that a des­ig­nated pros­e­cu­tor has been ap­pointed to pros­e­cute the of­fi­cers ar­rested in the case. It may be noted that the in­ves­ti­ga­tion of­fi­cer has sub­mit­ted an af­fi­davit against the state­ment as­so­ci­ated with him which has been quoted by the court in bail or­der of three hail of­fi­cials.

Talk­ing about NAB law, the chief min­is­ter said that Pak­istan Peo­ple’s Party cochair­man Asif Ali Zar­dari has di­rected him to re­visit the fed­eral NAB law, par­tic­u­larly the Sindh sec­tion which pro­vin­cial assem­bly has re­pealed.

Re­ply­ing to a ques­tion about IG Po­lice, he said that they re­spect the court ver­dict but have some reser­va­tions which will be chal­lenged by the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment.

KARACHI: Chief Min­is­ter Sindh Mu­rad Ali Shah talk­ing to me­dia per­sons dur­ing press con­fer­ence held at Shrine of Hazrat Abdullah Shah Ghazi.

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