Rawalpindi - The Rawalpindi police have categorically refused to provide security cover to a prisoner who was supposed to be shifted to a government hospital outside jail for medical treatment by Adiala Jail authorities, reliable sources disclosed to The Nation here on Wednesday.

According to sources, a letter was written to the City Police Officer (CPO) by superintendent of Adiala Jail requesting the former to provide security to a prisoner Imtiaz alias Taji Khokhar to be sent to a government-run hospital for medical treatment. “The CPO has rebuffed the request of superintendent of Adiala Jail, stating that since the prisoner was a hardcore criminal and could be treated inside the jail hospital, police could not guard him in hospital outside the jail,” sources added.

CPO Israr Ahmed Khan Abbasi, when contacted, confirmed the development, saying that he was approached by superintendent through a letter seeking security cover for Taji Khokhar, a hardcore criminal languishing in jail in a murder case, as the jail authorities have decided to shift him to a hospital outside the jail for medical treatment. “Taji Khokhar is a dangerous man and he cannot be guarded by the police in hospital. The superintendent jail should admit him in the jail hospital for medical treatment. I think, Taji Khokhar is not suffering from any serious disease and can be cured by jail doctors,” he said. Police had arrested Imtiaz Ali alias Taji Khokhar on July 27, 2013 along with his two sons in Sabira Bibi murder case and a court of law had sent the accused to Adiala Jail.