Karachi: Smuggler gets life term
Karachi: A Special Court handed down life imprisonment to a man on Tuesday for attempting to smuggle a huge quantity of heroin in a container from the seaport.
The judge of Special Court-II of Control of Narcotics Substance, Sanaullah Khan Ghori, awarded the life sentence to Alamgeer Khan under Section 9-C CNS Act-1997 with a fine of Rs0.1 million. In case of default the convict would have to undergo four years’ further rigorous imprisonment.
After the judgement, the convict was remanded back to jail to serve his remaining sentence in prison. The court also issued a non-bailable warrant for the arrest of his co-accused Mohammad Sadiq, who had already been declared a proclaimed offender.
The judge also ordered the confiscation of 149.6 kilograms of heroin and the cash recovered from the convict. According to the prosecution, SHO Sardar Abdul Waheed along with a team of the Anti-Narcotics Force raided the seaport on September 1, 2004 and recovered a huge quantity of contraband concealed in AGS batteries which were 1,000 in number. At that time a clearing agent, Taj Alam, and shipping agent Mohammad Amin of the container were also apprehended. Another person tried to escape from the scene but was caught by ANF. He later introduced himself as Alamgir, the owner of the container, batteries and narcotics substance.
During the interrogation, he disclosed that he along with his partner, Sadiq, attempted to smuggle heroin powder to Malawi with the help of MS Mathan Kantaria and Abdul Ghaffar Junejo, who were later arrested.
The prosecution produced four witnesses whose statements corroborated that the offence was committed and the documents recovered from the possession of Alamgir also proved his guilt. The judge observed that the prosecution had successfully proved its case beyond any doubt, and the convict tried to prove his innocence but he failed to explain his presence at the East Wharf as well as the consignment documents.