Karachi: 3 drug peddlers jailed for life
KARACHI, Sept 10: A special court for control of narcotic substances on Saturday sentenced three drug peddlers to life imprisonment.
Syed Kazim Raza, Abdul Ghani and Mohammad Murad were found guilty of keeping over 140 kilograms of hashish and four kilos of heroin at a house in Gulshan-i-Iqbal in June 2004.
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.
The judge of the special CNS court-II, Sanaullah Khan Ghoury, who conducted the trial, pronounced the judgment after recording evidence of witnesses and final arguments from both sides.
The court in its verdict ruled that it had minutely examined the prosecution evidence and statements of the accused. It also ruled that the evidence of prosecution witnesses appeared to be consistent and trustworthy, as there was no enmity of police officials with the accused persons and they were also not known to the police before the incident.
The verdict said that all the prosecution witnesses have deposed against the accused about their arrest and recovery of hashish and heroin.
Moreover, the accused have not alleged any enmity with policemen for the former’s false involvement in the present case, it added.
From the scrutiny of the whole evidence that came on record, it was established that the contraband articles, proved to be hashish and heroin, were found in a house from where the accused were arrested.
“There is material against the accused persons connecting them with commission of offence without any reasonable doubt,” the court concluded.
According to the prosecution, acting on a tip-off a team of the Anti-Narcotics Force raided a house in Block 10, Railway Housing Society, Gulshan-i-Iqbal on June 5, 2004 and recovered 141.7 kilograms of hashish and four kilos of heroin and arrested Syed Kazim Raza, Abdul Ghani, Mohammad Murad, Asghar Ali and Inayatullah.
The case of Asghar was sent to the juvenile court for trial since he was under age while Inayatullah obtained bail from the high court, but he was declared absconder as he did not turn up before the trial court.
Aqil Qabdani, Arif and Waheed were the other absconders.
A case (08/2004) was registered against the accused men under Section 9-C of the CNS Act, 1997 at the ANF police station in Clifton.
The judge also ruled that the convicts were entitled to the benefit of the period they spent as an undertrial prisoner as provided under Section 382-B of the criminal procedure code.
The jail authorities produced the accused before the court in custody and after the pronouncement of order the judge remanded them back to prison along with the conviction warrant to serve out the remainder of their sentence.
While declaring the absconders as proclaimed offenders, the court issued their life non-bailable warrants through the investigation officer and said their case be kept on a ‘dormant file’ till their arrest.
The court also ruled that the case property was also kept in safe custody till the arrest of the absconding accused.