ISLAMABAD – Senior anchor and journalist Hamid Mir claimed that slain leader of outlawed militant group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Ismatullah Shaheen, was in contact with him who prepared the list of non-combatant prisoners allegedly in the custody of Pakistan security forces.
Hamid Mir, the face and voice of Geo News, made the statement while speaking in a talkshow.
Mir said that Ismatullah Shaheen was in contact with me before getting murdered in an attack. “Ismatullah Shaheen was preparing the list of non-combatant prisoners, mainly children and women. He shared the information with me upon which I asked that how would be ever prove that these women and children are in the custody of Pakistan security forces? Replying to my question, he (Ismatullah) said that in real these people are in custody of some private people who are keeping them in private jails of Sawat.”
Hamid Mir was commenting over the prospects of releasing non-combatant prisoners as proposed by the outlawed Taliban.
He also said that Taliban could give the home addresses of all those who went missing which could be verified by one independent commission.
Mir also said that government would be standing at cross roads as Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) had already declared that security forces did not had any women and children as prisoners.
Since the direct talks with Taliban Shura, the issue of releasing the non-combatant prisoners seemed to be creating another deadlock in negotiations. Taliban had declared the abducted Ali Musa Gilani and Shahbaz Taseer as combatant prisoners and demanded the release of their men from Sindh government’s custody before they could release Ajmal Khan.
Moreover, the chief negotiator of outlawed militants organization Samiul Haq had also advised government to release Taliban men before expecting any favor from them.
Its worth mentioning here that on March 17, PakistanTribe reported that the federal defence minister of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Khawaja Muhammad Asif rejected the claim of outlawed Taliban in which they claim Pakistan armed forces have as many as 60 non-combatant prisoners (women and children) in custody.