Ex-superintendent sacked over Bannu jailbreak
[Dawn] The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...
chief secretary on Saturday sacked the former deputy superintendent-cum-superintendent of the Bannu central prison, Mohammad Zahid, after he was found responsible for inefficiency and negligence over the prison break, which led to the escape of around 300 prisoners, including a high-profile convict.
Mr Zahid (BPS-17), who was suspended soon after the incident on May 15, was dismissed from the service after through inquiry and issuance of a show cause notice to him.
The then assistant inspector general of prisons, Shah Salman, who was also suspended, has now been warned to be careful in future while processing cases of prisoners.
During the April 15, 2012 jailbreak, a former junior technician of Pakistain Air Force, Adnan Rasheed, who was on death row after convicted by a field general court martial for engineering attack on then military ruler General Musharraf in Dec 2003, had also escaped. He was transferred to Bannu Jail from Haripur without realising that he was a high-profile prisoner.
Another deputy superintendent-cum-superintendent, Usman Ali (BPS-17) was exonerated from all charges. He was also suspended.
A few days ago, the provincial home department had dismissed from service 11 warders of the Bannu prison in the same connection.
According to a news release issued by the provincial home department, these officers of the inspectorate of prison, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, were proceeded against under Rule 3 of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Government Servants (Efficiency and Disciplinary) Rules, 2011, for different charges mentioned in the show cause notices issued to them on June 14, 2012, which were served upon them individually.
The provincial chief secretary, who is the competent authority, granted them all an opportunity of personal hearing as provided under the said rules.
In the April 15, 2012 incident, snuffies from the neighbouring North Wazoo Agency had attacked the prison in large numbers but the officials on duty offered no resistance.
Posted by: Fred 2012-12-17