Pakistan shifts 49 prisoners to Faisalabad jail

As many as 49 prisoners, including five US nationals, allegedly involved in high-profile terrorism cases have been shifted to Pakistan’s high-security Central Jail Faisalabad, according to a media report Monday.

The 49 prisoners, who were shifted to Faisalabad from Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi on different ocassions, were involved in various terrorist attacks such as those on Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf and former premier Shaukat Aziz, The Dawn daily reported.

In addition, terrorist Dr Usman was also shifted to Faisalabad. Usman had been convicted in a deadly attack on the Army headquarters Rawalpindi in October 2009, the report said.

In addition, five American nationals, who were allegedly involved in the Sargodha airbase attack, were also shifted. They were arrested by the Pakistani law enforcement agencies in December 2009 during a raid in Sargodha.

According to the police, laptops, CDs and other items were recovered from the five Americans who were described to be in their 20s when arrested, the report said.

The Faisalabad prison official said the 49 prisoners were kept in a high security barrack in the jail after they were shifted.

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