`Pak jailbreak aimed at freeing Adnan Rashid`

Adnan Rashid is the alleged mastermind of the assassination attempt on former president General Pervez Musharraf.

Last Updated: Apr 21, 2012, 14:05 PM IST

Islamabad: The Pakistan Taliban have said that they conducted the Bannu jailbreak operation to free Adnan Rashid, the alleged mastermind of the assassination attempt on former president General Pervez Musharraf.

“Though there were some other high profile prisoners in the jail, our prime target was Adnan Rashid and we are so happy to secure his release,” The News quoted a Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesperson Ihsanullah Ihsan, as saying.

He said they had been working on the jailbreak plan for the past several months and were in touch with Adnan Rashid and other prisoners in the jail.

Adnan Rashid was serving in the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) when he was arrested by Pakistani security agencies for his alleged role in an attempt to assassinate General Musharraf.

He was given the death sentence by the court and was shifted to the Bannu Central Prison last year from Adiala jail in Rawalpindi.

Ihsan claimed that only 150 militants were involved in the jailbreak and denied spending 220 million rupees on the incident.

“Out of 150 people, only 50 took active part in the operation while the remaining100 were wearing explosives-laden jackets and were standing in different places outside the jail. We did not face any resistance as we had already made all possible arrangements for the jailbreak,” Ihsan said.

ANI