The media is all abuzz about training camps for Al-qaeda and the Taliban. What the media has not reported to Americans and the rest of the world is the growing number of terrorist cells being conceived and incubated in Middle Eastern jails like those in Pakistan.
Taliban militants who have been incarcerated in record numbers since the war began in the Middle East in 2002 are in full contact with terrorist cells on the outside of the jails. Just when the Jail Reforms Committee was making marked progress in reforming young Middle Eastern men’s lives, with programs like music lessons, terrorists like the Taliban have attacked and shut down them down. The Karachi jail hired music teachers and other teachers for programs to train men in continuing education. These programs were set up by the Pakistani government to improve the quality of life in Pakistan and have been very successful thus far.
Jail authorities have lost control of the jails/prisons in Pakistan. They no longer have teeth to fight the terrorists, who continue to overrun the jails and prisons. Part of the issue is that recently 200 Taliban militants were detained in Karachi, Pakistan. The Karachi prison is only allowed to house 1,800 prisoners. It now holds a record 3,800 people. Some of them are children, as Middle Eastern jails don’t house juveniles separately like in the Western world. These juveniles are learning how to be terrorist militants while behind prison walls. The juveniles are on the fast track to becoming suicide bombers against Western nations.
Supposedly, the terrorists are to be housed separately from the rest of the prison population. However, this is not possible, with the population of detainees swelling to out of control numbers. The jail authorities don’t have the proper resources and presence in numbers to control the prison population.
Contraband like cell phones are smuggled in daily and fuel the terrorist plots. Being detained in prison means nothing to the terrorists, who continue to murder mass numbers of people without batting an eye.
“Intelligence officials, in fact, said poor security and corruption within the prison system allows jailed Taliban militants the freedom to be fully in touch with their aides on the outside,” states this source.
The unhygienic atmosphere of the Karachi prison and prisons like it in the Middle East are inhumane. For those who have committed petty crimes and are beaten to death by terrorists is insufferable and unconscionable.
One prisoner describes his police interrogation before being incarcerated in vivid and repulsive detail. Says this source, “even during interrogation Pakistan Rangers hanged me with fan hooks with my legs while keeping my head down, even my nails were pulled.” Research by this reporter indicates there hasn’t been any action taken by human rights organizations in regards to the poor housing of detainees.
To add injury to insult, the Pakistani prisons/jails have no programs to address the mental health issues among Pakistani prisoners. Take the horrid abuse 19 mentally ill prisoners, released from the Karachi prison three years ago, had endured. After their release, no actions were taken to find the prisoners’ families or next of kin. So, the 19 men were sent to the Institute of Mental Health in Amritsar in nearby India. These men couldn’t even recall their names after suffering indescribable horrors at the hands of fellow Pakistani prisoners, and frustrated and overworked jail authorities. States this source, there still remains no action by the Karachi government to release these 19 detainees from jail confinement in the mental hospital.
Despite these unthinkable horrors, the Pakistani Prison rules amendment by the Sindh government issued a declaration June 22,2010. As of July 1st of this year, “all convict whose term of imprisonment exceeds five years shall be allowed to keep their spouse with them inside the jail premises in a place built specially for the purpose for one night every three months,” says The News. How on earth conjugal visits will work under the current living conditions in the Pakistani prisons/jails mystifies this reporter! This source fleshes out in detail that if a male convict has more than one wife, he is allowed alternating nights with each wife. Children under the age of six would be able to accompany their mothers. Is it safe and recommended to bring women and children into a place unfit for dogs to live? With terrorists breeding mass killing plots and the stereotypical Middle Eastern male machismo of one not having his wife looked at by other men, is this really a good idea?
More than 150 of the world’s worst extremists reside in these hallowed halls in Karachi. Says Time Magazine, the extremists are permitted to benefit from the literacy, computer, fine-arts, music and Koran lessons on offer at the jail. Bribes and corruption between jail guards is proliferated due to the poor jail authority wages. Lacks of witnesses and fear of retribution is rampant and a way of life in these prisons. Most people who work in this industry scoff at the idea of reforming these jihadists. They state that the terrorists don’t trust the government, so why would they want to be reformed by it?
The next time the media declares another batch of terrorists have been birthed from a seedy urban setting in the Northeast area of America, or were trained in Southern Pakistan, remember this! Many terrorist cells were either operated or birthed out of a Pakistani jail cell.