9-month-old booked for attempted murder

Published: April 4, 2014

The infant started crying in the court when his grandfather held his thumb to dip it in ink and put its print on the bail bonds – since the tot could not sign it himself. PHOTO: FILE

LAHORE: A nine-month-old child was booked by Lahore police for the alleged attempted murder of a police officer and was even presented before a session judge’s court on Thursday.

The ‘accused’ was granted an interim bail after he appeared in Judge Rafaqat Ali’s court with his grandfather, Muhammad Yaseen. However, the infant started crying in the court when his grandfather held his thumb to dip it in ink and put its print on the bail bonds – since the tot could not sign it himself.

According to the FIR, the baby, along with his uncles and grandfather, attacked the police officers, bailiff team and some Sui gas employees with wooden rods and pelted them with stones. While the infant was being formally charged during Thursday’s hearing, he was busy suckling on his pacifier.

A police team along with a bailiff and some Sui gas employees raided Muhalla Thanedaran to sever gas connections of houses that had not paid their dues, the FIR reads.

Muhammad Yaseen, his sons Irfan and Imran as well as Imran’s son, first pelted stones at them and then attacked them with wooden clubs, causing the police team and Sui gas employees to run for their lives.

ASI Kashif, the complainant, said the accused caught him and beat him up, giving him a head injury. They also threatened to kill him, he claimed in the FIR.

Police lodged the FIR against all of Muhammad Yaseen’s family members, which unilaterally also included Imran’s son. But they did not bother to find out that Imran only has one child, his nine-month-old son, whom Yaseen then brought to court for the hearing. “He was nominated in the FIR so I took the child to court,” he told The Express Tribune.

Police were quick enough to shift the blame on the plaintiff of the FIR, ASI Kashif, saying they did not know that one of the accused was a child.

Taking action, DIG Operations Rana Abdul Jabbar has ordered the suspension of ASI Kashif for lodging an FIR against an infant, but the move was taken only after the nine-month-old ‘suspect’ got bail from the judge.

The DIG also sought a report on the incident from Iqbal Town SP Tauseef Haider and appointed Headquarter SP Maroof Safdar Wahla as inquiry officer.

DIG Jabbar said, “A nine month old can never commit such a crime. This incident took place due to sheer misunderstanding on the police’s part and was not done on purpose.”

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Minister for Human Rights and Minorities Affairs Khalil Tahir Sindhu also took notice of the incident and have sought a report.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 4th, 2014.

Reader Comments (32)

  • Ali Rizvi
    Apr 4, 2014 - 3:47AM

    LOL what a country.

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  • Raza Rashid
    Apr 4, 2014 - 4:10AM

    Guys guys guys, April fools was 3 days ago.

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  • Ehsan ul Haq Zaffar
    Apr 4, 2014 - 4:52AM

    Well report is mocking police for mistakenly booking a 9 month old of a crime, but not at least condemning the gas thieve. Our media just LOOOOOVEs Juicy stuff

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  • Careful reader
    Apr 4, 2014 - 5:02AM

    God have mercy on pakistan. One hand a great General who is devoted to Pakistan is on trial and on the other hand a 9 month old is in trial but the looters who are “sadiq and ameen” enjoy buffets in Parliament House.

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  • andy
    Apr 4, 2014 - 5:16AM

    Only in PakistanRecommend

  • Apr 4, 2014 - 5:30AM

    What a shame to Punjab Police. A nine months old baby can committed crime? Please punished this ASI severely…

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  • justice
    Apr 4, 2014 - 6:00AM

    well thats the best our police force can perform anyways..take pride in making sure the 9 month old ‘suspect’ appears in court. Its a record which will be on his name his whole life with out him even recalling of the situation ever!

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  • Sexton Blake
    Apr 4, 2014 - 6:17AM

    Does anyone think that perhaps this was an administrative error and deserving of an apology, or is this asking too much? I think this is the first time a have heard of a nine month old child being charged with a felony

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  • Kala_bacha
    Apr 4, 2014 - 6:18AM

    What a joke. Punjab police is even worse then the Kenyan police. Recommend

  • Arindom
    Apr 4, 2014 - 6:27AM

    This can be a Guiness Book Record – youngest person to have an FIR against him, to be arrested and produced before courts and to be granted bail!!

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  • RD Sultan
    Apr 4, 2014 - 6:48AM

    Pakistan is fast becoming a joke!

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  • Major Iqbal
    Apr 4, 2014 - 6:51AM

    I have never laughed so hard in my life.

    Thank you Pakistan!

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  • water bottle
    Apr 4, 2014 - 7:22AM

    Is this an April fool joke?

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  • Pops
    Apr 4, 2014 - 7:45AM

    This can only happen in Pakistan!

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  • Al-Bakistan
    Apr 4, 2014 - 8:01AM

    A land where justice prevails ! Even an infant cannot escape the long arm of the law !!

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  • Anoni
    Apr 4, 2014 - 8:36AM

    What about the kid why has his future been tarnished.. Some one should be punished for such low charachter conduct.

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  • Israr
    Apr 4, 2014 - 8:59AM

    Seriously. You got to be kidding !!. If it is correct than it must me one of a kind. If it had to happen, where else it can ? Why I am even surprised.

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  • Apr 4, 2014 - 9:49AM

    INSANITY of the highest order. The President and Prime Minister should gambit the removal of the nine month baby’s name from FIR. Is the judge not ashamed of himself??? Salams

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  • Kaleem
    Apr 4, 2014 - 11:05AM

    Ha ha, 9 month infant pelting stones. Reminds me of Baby’s day out :)

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  • Vakil
    Apr 4, 2014 - 11:12AM

    Probably a secret agent of CIA/RAW or Mossad… but definitely not the ISI…

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  • Justice
    Apr 4, 2014 - 1:08PM

    Why didn’t the judge take any action instead of granting “bail” to the infant?

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  • Apr 4, 2014 - 1:09PM

    ET has finally lost it!

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  • Muzaffar
    Apr 4, 2014 - 4:23PM

    Welcome to the Banana Republic of Pakistan !!

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  • Saleem
    Apr 4, 2014 - 6:21PM

    This judge should have a better sense and threw out case against 9 month infant.

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  • Gurion
    Apr 4, 2014 - 8:15PM

    @Raza Rashid:

    Guys guys guys, April fools was 3 days
    ago.

    Fools day comes once in an year but, fools are forever!

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  • Apr 4, 2014 - 8:27PM

    with the corruption in this country, may be the policemen was being framed

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  • hoshiar singh gill - england
    Apr 4, 2014 - 10:56PM

    Punjab Police is remarkably similar on both sides of the border!

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  • Apr 5, 2014 - 6:01AM

    This is sick beyond sick if Id been in the court room Id got arrested too for laughing out load and rolling on the floor…..

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  • Sandy
    Apr 5, 2014 - 1:02PM

    I have been reading tribune for quite a sumtym now . Many times I thought of commenting to the news , blogs or editorials published but due to my laid back attitude, i skipped doing so. BUT , this 1 news has shocked me to an extent that couldn’t resist myself from registering my objection for such a shameful act.

    Nowhere in civilized world one can expect to frame a 9 month old child.

    How disgusting!!!

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  • Ratnam
    Apr 6, 2014 - 4:29AM

    I thought this line was the best: “DIG Jabbar said, ‘A nine month old can never commit such a crime.’”

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  • baljit kaur
    Apr 9, 2014 - 10:54PM

    Pakistan has no respect and feelings for anyone, so what chance has the poor nine month old baby got, you just dont know how to be normal.

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  • miles
    Apr 14, 2014 - 2:04AM

    This is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard of what is a baby going to do. Babies are defenseless. What next will they say the baby was possessed by the devil? If society starts going this way and if they start arresting babies then the police officer himself that charged this infant is mentally deranged and really needs to go on psychotropic medications and check himself in on a Form 1 for Mental Rehabilitation. What next aliens? Really come down into the real world and face life!

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