A video has been surfaced at the local TV channels of a high-profile prisoner, who escaped from Bannu Central Prison last week, showing his conversation with his friends after the successful escaping episode.

Adnan Rashid, who was convicted in an attack on former president Pervez Musharraf, was shown as being welcomed by the Taliban in an area which appears to be somewhere in Pakistan’s north-west tribal belt.

In the video, he has been shown talking in Pashtu with his hosts in these words, “Qari sahib, how are you? How is your health? Are you feeling well”?

An ecstatic Rashid looking all around from his car’s window answered; “Alhamdulillah (All praise to Allah) all is well.”

The clips also showed, “Have you won your freedom from the prison, another militant poses a query to which Adnan nodding his head again says “Alhamdulillah (All praise to Allah).”

Another Taliban fighter asked Rashid, how much time did you spend in jail?  Adnan Rashid replied “Eight years and four months. I was convicted to death,” he answered.  Rashid accepted that he had been convicted in Musharraf’s suicide attack case.

Around 400 prisoners including militants escaped on Aril 15 from Bannu Jail after an attack by insurgents armed with guns, grenades and rockets.

More than 150 heavily-armed militants stormed the central prison outside the restive northwestern town of Bannu bordering the lawless tribal regions where Taliban and al Qaeda linked militants are known to operate.

Rashid was enjoying the facility of cellular phone inside the death cells of different jails where he was lodged after being sentenced to death by a field general court martial for his alleged attempt on the life of former president Gen (retired) Pervez Musharraf.

The former junior technician of Pakistan Air Force, Rashid is a resident of Chota Lahore area of Swabi district. He is fluent in English, Pashto and Urdu.

He used to contribute to several social networking sites including Blogs and Facebook from the prison. He had joined PAF in 1997. He was around 24 when he was arrested in early 2004.


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