Karachi: Case transferred
KARACHI: The anti–terrorism court transferred a case pertaining to alleged confinement of over 50 children at a seminary to the regular court. Suspects Qari Mohammad Usman, Qari Dawood, Abdullah, Qudratullah and Fakhruddin were booked after police raided a seminary, situated near an Afghan refugees camp within the remit of the Gulshan-i-Maymar police station on the night of Dec 12, 2011. Public prosecutor Abdul Maroof on Thursday informed the court that none of the sections in the present case fell within the ambit of the Anti–Terrorism Act. The defence side then moved a transfer application under Section 23 of ATA. The court allowed the application and transferred the case to a regular court.
According to the prosecution, the policed raided the seminary and found over 50 children as well as 14 other people in wrongful confinement there.
A case (FIR No. 273/11) was lodged under Sections 342, 344 (wrongful confinement for 10 or more days), 506–B (punishment for criminal intimidation), 337-1 (Shajjah) and 34 (common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code.