Karachi: 2 drug peddlers sentenced to 14 years in jail
KARACHI: The special control of narcotic substance court-I on Thursday sentenced two drug peddlers to 14 years in jail in a case registered against them in 1999. The judge, Imdad Hussain Khoso, pronounced his judgment after recording final arguments from both sides.
The prosecution said that the police had arrested the accused, Panda Khan, and, Saifullah, in 1999 from the limits of Sharah-i-Noorjehan police station and recovered around 70 kilo charas (cannabis resin) from their possession. A case (FIR No 135/99) was registered against the accused under Section 69-C of Control of Narcotic Substances Act 1997.
The accused were indicated on Sept 28, 2001. However, they pleaded not guilty and opted to contest the case. The judge in his verdict said that the prosecution had successfully proved its case against the accused.
The court also imposed a fine of Rs50,000 each and in case of non-payment the accused would have to undergo six-month additional imprisonment.
The public prosecutor, Mohammad Arif Sitai, argued that the prosecution had successfully proved the involvement of the accused in the case and said that two eyewitnesses in their statements also confirmed that 70 kilo charas was recovered from the possession of the accused. He pleaded for the award of capital punishment to the accused. The defence counsel told the court that his clients were innocent and were implicated in the case.