Charges dropped : Illicit weapon case against Faisal Raza Abidi withdrawn

Abidi was arrested during a raid at his house on Nov 5 and booked for possessing unlicensed weapon


Our Correspondent November 27, 2016
Senator Faisal Raza Abidi. PHOTO: APP

KARACHI: A judicial magistrate allowed on Saturday police to withdraw an illicit weapon case against former Pakistan Peoples Party senator Faisal Raza Abidi.

Abidi was arrested by the Rangers and police during a raid on his house in New Rizvia Housing Society on November 5 and was subsequently booked in a case for allegedly possessing an unlicensed weapon.

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According to the prosecution, a number of weapons, ranging from submachine guns to Kalashnikovs were seized from his house. However, Abidi failed to produce a permit for one weapon and was arrested. Later, he obtained bail from the court.

The investigation officer, at a previous hearing, had recommended the court withdraw the case, as the former senator had produced the permit of the weapon in the later stages of the probe.

The document was also cross verified by the relevant department, he added.

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The magistrate observed that, in light of the police report, the case against Abidi stands withdrawn. The case was registered under Section 23(1) A of the Sindh Arms Act at the Sachal police station.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 27th, 2016.

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