Peshawar: Doctor granted bail; sentence of South African commuted
PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court Monday granted bail to a doctor charged with possessing two kilograms of heroin. Presiding over a single bench, Chief Justice Tariq Pervez Khan granted bail to Dr Murad Khan, after his lawyer told the court that his client is suffering from hepatitis-B. His counsel Noor Alam Khan prayed the court to grant him bail, arguing that his client’s ailment could worsen if he was kept in the prison, which may also affect the other inmates.
The bench after hearing the arguments allowed bail to Dr Murad on two sureties of Rs200,000 each. The Anti–Narcotics Force had arrested Murad in July 7 last, claiming to have recovered two kilogram of heroin from his clinic.
Meanwhile, another two-judge bench of the PHC, comprising Justice Hamid Farooq Durrani and Justice Musaddiq Hussain Gilani, commuted the sentence of a national of South Africa who was convicted under the charges of drug trafficking.
The sentence of Antry John was curtailed to four years in imprisonment coupled with Rs30,000 fine. Earlier, a trial court had handed him down eight years imprisonment with Rs100,000 fine. The convict challenged the decision of the trial court at the PHC through Farhana Marwat, advocate. The convict was arrested from the Peshawar airport on September 10 last and four kilogram of heroin was also recovered from his possession.
Also, the same bench disposed of a habeas corpus petition after the police concerned submitted affidavit before the court, stating that they had no knowledge about the whereabouts of two persons of Taru Tabba.
The petitioners’ lawyer, Muhammad Ijaz Khan, told the court the Chamkani police had rounded up Ashfaq Khan and Masal Khan on October 8 last and did not produce him before any court of law hitherto. He added when the relatives of the detainees contacted the police, they showed ignorance about the detainees.
However, in-charge of the Chamkani Police Station, Badiuzzaman, and a constable appeared before the court and said that neither they had arrested the detainees nor they had any knowledge.