The Peshawar High Court (PHC) accepted bail applications for two people held for allegedly carrying explosives.
Arbab Aziz, counsel for Tamhidullah and Sarfaraz, informed PHC Chief Justice Dost Muhammad Khan his clients were arrested on June 7 by Chamkani police for carrying 3,000 kgs of potassium chlorate and charged under the Explosives Act.
Aziz contended the real owner of the potassium chlorate appeared before police and told them he was an authorised dealer. The owner reportedly also said the seized chemical was being supplied to different industries for the manufacture of matchsticks.
“The owner was later freed, but my clients are still under custody,” Aziz informed the court.
The bench observed bomb blasts were being reported on a daily basis with people being arrested, but the government had failed to devise a strategy to curb the smuggling of explosives. The court accepted the applications for both the accused and set bail at Rs0.2 million each with two reliable sureties.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 10th, 2013.