Madrassa students not getting back 'seized' stuff
ISLAMABAD, July 23: It's now over a week
since the Lal Masjid operation ended, but the madrassa students who surrendered
to the law enforcement agencies during weeklong mosque siege have still not been
handed back their belongings.
Just pay a visit to the Pakistan Sports
Complex and you will come across scores of students pleading officials to return
their stuff that they had handed to the law enforcers on surrender. They possess
receipts duly signed by the district administration but even then, they are
still unsuccessful in claiming their goods, which include cell phones, clothes,
mattresses, books, bags and cash. On inquiry, they are told that the stuff is in
the Islamabad police's custody and would be released only after fulfilling legal
Sana Wisal, 8, who surrendered along with her five-year-old
sister on the third day of the operation is also among the distressed students.
Basically, this ex-student of Jamia Hafsa belongs to Peshawar and on Saturday,
she was at the Sports Complex for the third time since the completion of the Lal
Masjid operation. "It's my third visit to the place, but still the authorities
are making excuses about my things, which include clothes, a mattress, telephone
diary and Rs 2,000 cash," she said.
"Today, I've been asked to come over
on Monday. I will come on Monday, but for the last time, as I can't afford
coming to Islamabad from Peshawar again and again," she said.
is a 20 years old ex-student of Jamia Fareedia who was freed from the Adiala
Jail a few days ago. He claims he was asked by the jail authorities to collect
his possessions from the Sports Complex but has been denied the same for the
last three days.
"On the first day of my reaching the Complex, I was
asked to wait for two days. I complied with the instructions, but after two days
when I came over again, I was shocked to learn that they (authorities) have no
knowledge of my belongings taken by law enforcers on surrender," he said. He
cried if students were not to be handed their stuff, authorities should ask them
not to visit the place again and again.
Haji Ikram, a Jamia Fareedia
student also released by Adiala Jail, regretted he had been denied a new mobile
phone set and some cash. Daily times