KARACHI: A division bench of Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday was informed that under trial prisoner (UTP) Muhammad Ajmal alias Pahari was shifted from Karachi Central Prison to Central Prison Sukkur after approval of SHC Chief Justice Maqbool Baqar.
The criminal cases against Pahari also have been transferred from courts of Karachi city to respective courts of district Sukkur for adjudication, stated a reported submitted by Superintendent Karachi Central prison in a petition filed by Fouzia Hussain, wife of Pahari, who approached the court against transfer of his spouse from Karachi central prison to Sukkur prison.
Superintendent central prison stated in the report that Karachi Central Prison housed approximately 5200 inmates, most of them were profile, habitual, hardened and professional criminals.
Hundreds of them either belonged to banned outfit or involved in deteriorating Karachi law and order situation. Potential threats were received through various agencies regarding possible attack on Jail, which can endanger the lives of inmates and innocent citizens living in the surrounding areas of prison
He said that all the dangerous inmates are housed in the prison, due to which armed assaults on prison like Bannu and Dera Ismail Khan Prisons were anticipated.
He submitted that in view of any such possible terrorist attacks and to disperse the overpopulated high profile inmates, the provincial government placed matter regarding transfer of prisoners before the SHC chief justice, who passed orders for their transfer from central prison to the other prisons in the province along with their cases, which shall be heard in their respective courts and decided promptly.
Report said that UTP Ajmal Pahari was firstly remanded in jail custody on July 23, 2011, and was required in many cases. Then he had been in detention under section 3 (1) of the West Pakistan Maintenance of Public Ordinance, 1960 since 20-9-2012 for three months.
Ajmal was finally released from the prison on January 01, 2013 after completion of detention period. Report said that he was again remanded in Jail custody in some case on January 17, 2013.
Ajmal was also booked for his alleged involvement in an armed attack on the convoy of CID SP Mohammad Aslam Khan, better known as Chaudhry Aslam, in January 2006 in Gizri that left two police officials dead.