Karachi: Woman gets life term for smuggling charas
KARACHI: The court of a special judge, control of narcotics substances, pronounced life imprisonment on Saturday for a woman convicted of transporting a huge quantity of Charas from Quetta to Karachi.
Special Judge Sanaullah Khan Ghori awarded the life term and a penalty of Rs1 million to Rozina Begum. In case of default, the woman will undergo an additional rigorous imprisonment for three years.
The judge said in his observation that it was a crime against society, which was ruining lives of youths as they were forced to become addicted to drugs by mafias.
The judge, referring to a Supreme Court ruling regarding a reduction in punishment, said it would be hard to cut the punishment as the SC verdict said that a person who committed a crime for any personal motive but was being hired was entitled to lenient punishment. However, the judge observed that such a convict would have to undergo the punishment, as giving mercy to such criminals would be tantamount to encouraging the crime.
The prosecution, the court said, had fully implicated the convict without any shadow of doubt and the convict failed to defend her case.
Deputy District Public Prosecutor Sardar Azam examined four prosecution witnesses to prove the recovery of charas, and the woman was convicted under section 9-C CNS Act 1997.
According to the prosecution, on January 22, 2011, ASI Abdul Razzak, on duty at the police post of the Drigh Road railway station, saw a lady passenger standing near the stairs of an overhead bridge with two suitcases. She had disembarked from the Bolan Mail coming from Quetta.
When interrogated, she appeared confused and when the suitcases were checked, the ASI found 30 packets weighing 30 kilograms of charas. She was then taken into custody.
However, she pleaded innocent in the court. The chemical examination report corroborated the offence and the woman did not challenge the report, which proved that the chemical examiner without any grudge submitted his report.
Defence counsel Shaukat Ali however contended that private witnesses were not been testified. The prosecution has categorically stated that as there was nobody at the place of the incident.
The judge however concluded that people were reluctant to become a witness to the incident or deposed before the police as they lacked confidence in them and did not want to get into any kind of enmity.
The judge also ordered confiscation of case property till the convict filed a mercy plea and be disposed of in accordance with the law, but after appeal period, he concluded.