London, Apr.13 (ANI): Britain might eventually deport most of the 12 alleged Pakistani terrorists who were arrested from across the country last week.
According to Times Online, officials in London and Islamabad said Britain has asked for an assurance from Pakistan over the treatment the arrested men would receive after they are deported.
“The British wanted to be reassured that if some of these men were deported they would not face torture,” sources said.
Currently eleven of the suspected terrorists, out of whom 10 are believed to be Pakistani nationals visiting Britain on student visas, are being quizzed by security officials at different locations in England.
An 18 year old, who was also arrested in the raids, has been set free from anti-terrorist detention. He is now under immigration department’s custody.
Till now the investigations into what was being seen as a major terror plot has revealed nothing substantial, and now it is being considered that the operation codenamed ‘Operation Pathway’ might bring more embarrassment for the 10 Downing Street, as Prime Minister Brown had charged Islamabad of not doing enough to tackle Islamist terrorism.
Sources said that the latest speculations about the terror suspects being deported to Pakistan was fanned following the arrest of a British convert to Islam James McLintock from Peshawar.
It may be noted that the majority of the men arrested in Britain are also from Peshawar.
McLintock, 44 is now being grilled about helping British Muslim militants to make contacts in Pakistan. However, British officials said that the arrest of McLintock, was not linked to the continuing terrorism investigation in Britain. (ANI)