Peshawar: PHC denies bail to juvenile
PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Friday rejected bail to a juvenile in a narcotics case with the observation that real beneficiaries and the drug mafia were using children and women in Pakistan as drug–carriers. A single bench headed by Chief Justice Dost Muhammad Khan observed that world’s narcotics mafia stationed in Afghanistan and the tribal region were using Pakistan as a route for drug–trafficking.
Quoting a UN report on narcotics, the chief justice said 85 percent narcotics were being produced in the war-hit Afghanistan. He said the world’s powerful narcotics mafia was stationed in three areas including Afghanistan, Pakistan’s tribal areas and Mexico.
In Pakistan, he said the mafia was using females as carriers for transportation of drugs as they were getting bail easily from courts due to laws related to women and juveniles. The petitioner’s lawyer informed the court that though the use of females in narcotics cases had decreased after refusal of bails, the business was still increasing in the country.
Recently he noted that the provincial high court took notice of the rising trend of the use of females as carriers in this dangerous business and adopted strict policy on the release of women on bail that forced the mafia to use juveniles as carriers.
“Now the mafia is using juveniles as under the Juvenile Justice System Ordinance, 2000, they are easily getting bails from the courts,” he pleaded. The court dismissed the bail petition filed by one Hazrat Bilal hailing from Peshawar and directed the trial court to complete the trial within four months.
The petitioner’s lawyer informed the bench that cops from the Pishtakhara Police Station had arrested him on January 27, 2012 and recovered 16 kilogram of hashish from his possession. He submitted that the petitioner belonged to a poor family and had passed his SSC examination and trafficked drugs to meet his educational expenses.