ISLAMABAD: Detained ex-ISI chief, General (retd) Hameed Gul was quietly shifted to his home in Rawalpindi from the Adalia jail, apparently under the Royal Saudi family’s pressure, his family said on Wednesday.
His residence was declared as a “sub jail” on Wednesday as he was moved under tight security. A large contingent of police has been posted inside and outside of the residence and telephone jamming equipment has been installed to stop his links with the outside world.
Apart from the Saudis, some ambassadors of other Muslim countries based in Islamabad, including the Egyptian envoy, also contacted the family of General Gul on Wednesday with assurances of support and help to get him out of the jail.
It is believed that General Musharraf obliged the Saudis apparently because of his forthcoming visit to Jeddah to meet the Saudi King. His deteriorating physical condition was also a factor, his daughter Uzma Gul said, confirming that General Gul had come home in the evening.
She thanked the Saudis and other friendly Muslim countries ambassadors for playing their role in getting him shifted to his house. But, Uzma said, the family ordeal was not over as policemen were searching the house and were roaming inside the rooms in a bid to break the nerves of the family. She demanded that her father should be allowed free movement.