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Escaped G-B prisoners ‘brainwashed’ jail officials says investigation official

 Militants who runaway in the Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) jailbreak had ‘brainwashed’ jail officials into helping them productively escape, BBC Urdu reported on Wednesday.

On February 26, four jailbird, as well as two involved in the Nanga Parbat attack on 10 foreign climbers, attempted to run away from G-B jail. During the jailbreak, one prisoner was shot dead while one more was injured, while two managed to escape successfully.

An associate of the G-B jailbreak investigation team told BBC Urdu the facts of the investigation showed that the prisoners had developed close ties with jail officials posted exterior their quarters. They told them their reasons for taking arms against institutions and persons who opposed their ideological point of view.

The officer said that the investigation also showed that the prisoners aides were also in contact with jail officials and “took care of their needs.”

It was also learnt that jail officials who were taken into custody were on duty outside the prisoners’ barracks continuously for the past three months. It was therefore established that security arrangements were deliberately kept lax at the jail premises so that the prisoners could escape easily.

The investigation till now also suggest that that a second copy of keys were made for the barracks holding the prisoners who fled and it may be that the arrested jail officials were behind this.

Following the jailbreak, police and FC accelerated the ongoing search operation to find the two prisoners, Habibullah and Liaquat Ali, but to no avail.

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