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Police ask court to cancel case against Abidi

Police ask court to cancel case against Abidi

KARACHI: Police submitted on Saturday a report before a judicial magistrate for the cancellation of an illicit weapon case registered against former Pakistan Peoples Party senator Faisal Raza Abidi.

The ex-senator was arrested in a raid on his house in New Rizvia Housing Society on Nov 5 and subsequently booked in a case for allegedly keeping an illegal sub-machine gun. Later, he was released on bail.

The investigating officer submitted an investigation report in the court of a judicial magistrate (Malir) and asked the court to cancel the case as during the investigation the suspect provided a permit for the weapon.

According to the prosecution, a number of weapons ranging from sub-machine guns to Kalashnikovs, were found during the search of his house, but police alleged that he could not provide the licence/permit for an SMG.

A case was registered under Section 23(1)(a) of the Sindh Arms Act, 2013 at the Sachal police station.

‘Fix it’ campaigner acquitted

A judicial magistrate acquitted on Saturday a political graffiti campaigner and a tractor-trolley driver in a wrongful restraint case.

Alamgir Khan, who runs a social media campaign called ‘Fix it’ by spray-painting political graffiti and portraits of the then Sindh chief minister on roads near open manholes, and tractor driver Saifullah were charged with allegedly causing wrongful restraint by entering the so-called high-security zone on Feb 25 on a tractor-trolley filled with garbage in an attempt to dump it in front of Chief Minister House.

After recording evidence of witnesses and concluding arguments, a judicial magistrate (south) exonerated them for lack of evidence.

A case was registered against the activist and the driver under sections 341(punishment for wrongful restraint) and 34 (common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code at the Civil Lines police station.

Published in Dawn, November 20th, 2016

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