GILIGIT: Four prisoners at the Gilgit District Jail made a jailbreak successful attempt on Friday, during which two inmates including Nanga Parbat massacre accused, managed to flee while one prisoner was shot dead and another got injured.
Bilal was killed and his accomplice Dilbar got injured while fleeing the prison and two other high-profile prisoners including Habib-ur-Rehman and Liaquat managed to escape.
Habib-ur-Rehman is the prime accused in the case pertaining to killing of nine foreign tourists in Gilgit-Baltistan whereas Liaquat is facing trial for involvement in murder of SSP Diamer and other security officials.
Both were expected to be tried in the military courts.
Sibtain Ahmad, Interior Secretary of Gilgit-Baltistan, said there was no attack from outside and the prisoners escaped at 2:45 a.m.
Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Secretary Sikandar Sultan Raja suspended the jail superintendent and a warden for negligence while inquiry has been initiated about the incident, the official said.
Security forces are conducting a search operation in the area and security has also been stepped up in the jail. The authorities announced a reward of two hundred thousand rupees for those who will provide information about the escaped prisoners.
In 2013, about 16 militants, reportedly dressed in Gilgit Scouts uniform, stormed a high-altitude mountaineering base camp in Gilgit-Baltistan and killed 10 foreign climbers, as well as a local guide.
Three of the climbers were from Ukraine, two were from China including one Chinese-American, two others from Slovakia, one from Lithuania, and one was from Nepal.
TTP-linked Jundul Hafsa had claimed responsibility for the shootings.
The latest incident has raised concerns about security of prisons at a time when the government has lifted a moratorium on executions of what the authorities call hardcore terrorists.
Nearly 22 militants on the death row had been hanged since the Taliban attack on the army school in Peshawar in December that killed 150 students and staff members