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Updated: May 7, 2013 13:13 IST

Mother in Karachi worries about son in Belgaum jail

    Sharath S. Srivatsa
    Afshan Yasmeen
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Mohammad Fahad. Photo: M. A. Sriram
The Hindu Mohammad Fahad. Photo: M. A. Sriram

Security has been upped for Mohammad Fahad, the only Pakistani prisoner in Karnataka

Retired teacher Zubeida Khanum’s family in Karachi, Pakistan, has been spending sleepless nights after the murderous attack on Sarabjit Singh in Lahore jail. The retaliatory attack on a Pakistani prisoner, Sanaullah Ranjay, in a Jammu jail has only heightened their apprehension.

Ms. Khanum fears for the safety of her son, Mohammad Fahad, the only Pakistani prisoner in Karnataka, who has been lodged in the Hindalga jail in Belgaum.

The 31-year-old, whose family is originally from Kerala, was arrested along with Ali Hussein (a Kashmiri, now in Srinagar prison) by the Mysore police on October 27, 2006, on the charges of plotting terror attacks in Mysore and Bangalore.

A source close to Fahad, who is alleged to be a member of terror outfit Al-Badr, was moved to the Belgaum jail from the Gulbarga Central Jail in November 2012 for security reasons. The source said that Fahad feared for his life as he believed that some persons were trying to turn other prisoners against him.

His cell is near those of convicts on death row (members of the Dandupalya and Veerappan gangs). He is not allowed to mingle with other convicts and undertrials, the source said.

Lawyer is concerned

Expressing concern about his safety, his advocate B.N. Jagadish said he would speak to the authorities to ensure adequate security for him. “We should not allow a repeat of … Lahore and Jammu here. Proper security has to be given to Fahad.”

According to him, Fahad’s trial before the 3rd Additional Sessions Court in Mysore had come to a halt due to a stay by the Karnataka High Court on an application by the Enforcement Directorate. “Enforcement authorities want to club a money-laundering case they have filed against him with the case in Mysore. They also want the case to be transferred to Bangalore.” Meanwhile, Additional Director-General of Police (Prisons) K.V. Gagandeep, confirming that Fahad was the only Pakistani national currently lodged in a Karnataka jail, said his security had been reviewed after the recent incidents. “He has been allotted a separate cell and a separate guard for his security.”

Mother’s agony

“After I learnt about the attack on a Pakistani prisoner in Jammu jail, I am praying for Fahad,” said Ms. Khanum, speaking to The Hindu over telephone from Karachi on Saturday. Her son had visited India on a valid passport and visa to see his grandmother in Kerala. “He has been held on false charges, and each day we live with the hope of his return. Although it is difficult for us to make ends meet, we have been doing everything we can for his return. There is no authority that we have not met.”

Recalling his latest letter written to her last month, an emotional Ms. Khanum said: “He had written that he is staying with death row convicts. This has only increased our tension.”

Their relatives from Kerala had avoided meeting him because they did not want any trouble. “We send whatever we can from here [clothes and food]. But most of the time they don’t reach him.”

Ailing parents

Asked whether anyone from Pakistan had visited Fahad, she said both she and her husband were plagued by ill health. “I have not allowed his two brothers and four sisters to visit him because I am scared.”

Recalling happier times, Ms. Khanum said Fahad used to give tuitions in chemistry and maths to her students and hoped to take up higher studies.

On Sarabjit’s murder, she had this to say: “It is wrong in the name of humanity. I was shocked when I heard about it. It should not have happened.”

What about writing the anxiety of mothers of Indian prisoners in
Pakistan? Or deos your heart beat only for Pakistani mothers?

from:  bharat
Posted on: May 5, 2013 at 14:33 IST

Both countries share nuclear installations, then why cant both countries share the Prisoners they are having. 54 Indian POW's are in Pakistani prisons and Pakistan still denies it. How ruthless they are can be seen. I do not believe that a person of Pakistani origin with an Keralite grandmother came and got himself caught in India. Certainly there is more to it and it shows why his own relatives in Kerala are shy to meet him. Pakistan has fallen back on promises so many times, and now no one believes a Pakistani, nor do they believe that Pakistan wants Peace. All this Aman ki Aasha and Tamasha should be stopped, and even artists like that Veena Malik should be send back to Pakistan immediately.

from:  Bob
Posted on: May 5, 2013 at 10:53 IST
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