Pakistanis who plotted attack on Indian mission released

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

DHAKA - Bangladesh has handed over three Pakistanis, suspected of planning attacks on the Indian and the US missions here, to the Pakistan embassy, a media report said.

Syed Abdul Kaiyum Azhari alias Sufian, 22, Mohammad Ashraf alias Zahid, 24, and Mohammad Monwar Ali, 30, were arrested for their suspected links to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), a banned Pakistan-based group.

They were freed from prison on the directives of the home ministry.

“The jail authorities freed them following a negotiation between the foreign ministries of the two countries,” Senior Superintendent of Dhaka Central Jail Towhidul Islam told The Daily Star newspaper.

“The assistant consular of the Pakistan embassy and a protocol officer received the three Pakistani men,” the official said of the exchange that took place last Saturday.

The report said a team of detectives arrested the Pakistanis Nov 13 from the city’s Uttara locality for their alleged affiliation with LeT in a plot to attack the US embassy and Indian high commission in Dhaka.

However,, a news website, said they were arrested in 2009 and one of them was recruiting local activists.

A police official said the Pakistani men held valid passports and visas but could not show any work permit or explain the source of funds for their living expenses.

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