Suspected Al Qaeda-linked militant dies
KHAR: A member of the banned Tehrik Nifaz-e-Shariah Muhammad, who was arrested for suspected links to Al Qaeda, has died of what his family alleged as torture by security agencies during his interrogation.
Maulana Jan Muhammad was buried on Friday a day after he was pronounced dead in a Peshawar hospital, family members told Daily Times, in Bajaur Agency’s regional headquarters Khar. The Maulana was arrested four months earlier during an Army operation in the Mamoond in which other TNSM members were also arrested. A family member of the deceased militant said that he was recently shifted to Khar prison. “We found him in a terrible condition. He had lost his memory and the doctor said that he had been badly tortured,” the family member said. However, there was neither independent confirmation of the torture allegations nor any government official available for comment. staff report