Karachi: 4 get life term for drug smuggling
Karachi: A gang of drug smugglers who were interlinked and operating in different parts of the city were handed down life sentence on Monday. Although the four convicts were arrested from different parts of the city on different dates, they named each other during the course of investigation.
Special Judge of the Control of Narcotics Substance (CNS) Court on Monday sentenced four drug peddlers to life imprisonment and a fine of Rs one million each in different cases. Two of the convicts Shahjee Khan and Yousuf Khan alias Akram used to sell drugs in the Baghdadi area for a long time.
A task force led by Ejaz Hussain spotted four suspects moving in a taxi on Shah Latif Bhittai Road near Kamela bus stop on May 19, 2008 and signalled them to stop. However, three of them managed to escape while their fourth accomplice was apprehended. He was carrying 25 pairs of slippers filled with charas weighing about 25 kilogrammes. The suspect identified as Shahjee later named Yousuf Khan alias Akram for his involvement in selling drugs in the area.
The Judge of CNS Court Sanaullah Ghori found Shahjee guilty of the offence under Section 9-C of CNS Act-1997 and awarded him life imprisonment along with a fine of Rs one million and in case of default he would have to undergo additional five year rigorous imprisonment.
As the case was not proved against Yousuf Khan he was acquitted with the direction that he may be released if not required in any other case. Interestingly, Yousuf Khan was convicted in other case of possessing 40 kg of charas which he used to sell on his cart in the area. He was also awarded life term with a fine of Rs one million and in case of default he would have to suffer five years imprisonment.
The convict’s accomplices Nisar Khan, Ashif Khan, Sardary Khan and Rasheed were declared proclaimed offenders and awarded life imprisonment.
Meanwhile, the same court awarded life imprisonment to an accused in a different case and his co-accused was acquitted as according to prosecution he was innocent and no evidence was found against him.
Mohammad Iqbal Sultan was arrested from Hub Chowki on February 8, 2008, by the Mauripur police from a Mazda coming to Karachi following the recovery of a huge quantity of heroin concealed in the ladies compartment.
The vehicle was driven by Mohammad Iqbal while Raman Illahi was sitting next to driver’s seat. The judge handed down life imprisonment to Mohammad Iqbal along with Rs one million fine and in case of default he would have to undergo five years imprisonment. As the convict was on bail, he was immediately taken into custody and sent to jail. The other co–accused was proved innocent and acquitted. He too was on bail.
The same court also awarded life imprisonment to one Bashir Kabir following recovery of 20 bags, each containing 20 kg of heroin, from his possession.