Peshawar: Conviction of women drug traffickers preserved
PESHAWAR: According to the Dawn News on Wednesday, the Peshawar High Court on Tuesday upheld conviction of two women sentenced to life imprisonment by a trial court in a case of drug trafficking.
A two-member bench comprising Justice Dost Muhammad Khan and Justice Pir Liaqat Ali, however, directed that the women should be released on probation after completing half of their prison terms.
The bench dismissed the criminal appeals filed by the women, Ms Meena and Ms Sajida, who were sentenced along with another female, Ms Gulnaz, by the court of special judge (control of narcotics) on April 1, 2008.
The three women were arrested by personnel of Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) on April 16, 2007, while traveling in a public transport vehicle in Kohat. Different quantities of charas were recovered from their possession. The appellants’ counsel requested the court to release the women on probation. Advocate Shakeel Ahmad appeared for the ANF and contended that they were caught red-handed while carrying the contraband.
He argued that one of the women was also having a suckling baby so as to hoodwink the law enforcement agencies. The bench observed that the women were involved in heinous crime and releasing them on probation would open a floodgate. It was observed that drug trafficking had mostly been trapping women and using them as carriers.