Karachi: 3 drug traffickers jailed for life
KARACHI: A special court for control of narcotic substances on Monday sentenced three men to life imprisonment in a drug trafficking case.
The court found Haji Muhammad Iqbal, Farooq Sheikh and Mohammad Ishaq guilty of transporting a huge quantity of hashish to Karachi in June 2009.
The court also imposed a fine of Rs1 million each and in case of non-payment the convicts would have to undergo an additional four-year imprisonment.
Judge Sanaullah Khan Ghoury of the Special CNS Court-II pronounced his verdict after recording evidence of witnesses and final arguments from both sides.
The defence took the plea that the accused were implicated in the case as no independent or private witness was taken.
But the court observed that this alone would not render the prosecution case doubtful because it was a settled law that weaknesses of the investigation due to inefficiency of the police or otherwise would not benefit the accused and damage the prosecution case.
The judge wrote in the verdict that the accused also claimed that they were picked up from their houses but they failed to prove the same and merely their statements without proof were not sufficient to prove their innocence. Moreover, the accused had not alleged any grudge of the policemen for their false involvement in the present case, besides they kept changing their stance, the verdict said.
From the perusal of whole evidence that came on record, it was established that the contraband articles were found in a vehicle which was driven by one of the accused while his other accomplices were sitting beside him at the time of the raid, the verdict said.
The alleged agreement about hiring the vehicle in question was not admissible under the Qanoon-e-Shahdat [law of evidence] and the same had no value in the eyes of law, the verdict said, adding that it was found from scrutiny of the alleged agreement that it was attested just before the lodging of the FIR and it was further presumed all over the circumstances and the same was an afterthought and produced in court to save the accused.
“There is material against the accused persons connecting them with commission of offence without any reasonable doubt,” the verdict concluded.
The court also extended the benefit of Section 382-B (period of detention to be considered while awarding sentence of imprisonment) of the criminal procedure code to the convicts, who were produced in court in custody by jail authorities and sent back to prison to serve out the remainder of their sentence.
According to the prosecution, acting on spy information about smuggling of hashish from Balochistan to Karachi, a police team intercepted a vehicle near Hub River Road on June 21, 2009. The driver disclosed his name as Muhammad Ishaq and other two persons sitting with him also gave their identity. During the search of the vehicle the police found 10 bags, which contained 289 kilos of hashish and the accused were taken into custody, it added.
A case (FIR 537/09) was registered against the accused under Section 6/9-C of the CNS Act, 1997 at the SITE-A police station.