Karachi: Artefacts smuggling case
KARACHI: A judicial magistrate on Monday extended the physical remand of three suspects for four days while a sessions court put off the hearing on an interim pre–arrest bail of two suspects in an artefacts smuggling case. Suspects Zafar and Asif Majeed, the driver and cleaner of a container, respectively, were arrested on July 6 while allegedly transporting a large number of Gandhara civilisation artefacts and relics. Another suspect, Tahir Butt, was arrested in same case on July 10. The police reproduced the suspects in the court of a judicial magistrate (east) on Monday following expiry of their remand and the investigating officer requested the court to extend their physical remand since the investigation was not completed yet.
Accepting the IO’s request, the magistrate, Aleem Ahmed, handed over the suspects back to the police till July 20.
Meanwhile, a sessions court adjourned the hearing of the interim pre–arrest bail sought by two other suspects, said to be involved in the same case, till July 24.
On July 10, the court had granted an interim pre–arrest bail to Atif and Asif against a surety bond of Rs50,000 each. The suspects were ordered to appear in the court on next hearing for confirmation of their bail or otherwise.
According to the prosecution, the police had arrested the driver and clearer of a container for allegedly transporting a large number of Gandhara civilisation artefacts and relics to Sialkot within the remit of Awami Colony police station. Later, it also recovered more relics and artefacts in a warehouse in Korangi.
A case was registered against the suspects under Sections 26, 27, 29, 32 and 34 of the Antiquities Act at the Awami Colony police station. Atif and Asif are said to be the brothers of the detained suspect, Tahir Butt.