At least eight of the ten members of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) have been secretly released from prison after they were jailed for the attempted murder of children education activist Malala Yousufzai.
According to a report by Daily Mirror, the militants were freed ‘quietly, to avoid a media fuss’.
“The trial had absolutely no credibility as nobody was there to witness it but a public prosecutor, a judge, the army and the accused,” a security official speaking on the condition of anonymity said.
The source further added “This was a tactic to get the media pressure away from the Malala case because the whole world wanted convictions for the crime.”
“But the truth is that, whether these acquitted men were involved or not in the Malala shooting, the public has been lied to,” the official said, adding that “Ten men are not behind bars for the crime, as the Pakistani authorities would have us believe. That is a big lie.”
The police chief of Swat Valley, Azaad Khan and the Pakistan High Commission in London also confirmed only two men are still in jail over the attempted assassination which shook the world.
“The claims of 10 being imprisoned were due to a misunderstanding and it being misreported at the time,” the High Commission said, adding that there “not adequate evidence”.
Malala was shot in October 2012 in Swat Valley after she spoke out against the regime and oppression of women. She was only 14-year-old when the Taliban militants attempted to murder her.