A sessions court sentenced a man to six years in prison in an illegal weapons case on Monday.
The court found Shahid Khan guilty of possessing unlicenced weapons within the remits of Sharae Faisal police station in August 2013. The assistant sessions judge in district East, Sarwat Sultana, pronounced the judgment after hearing both the sides. The court also imposed a fine of Rs50,000 on Khan. In case he fails to pay, the sentence will be increased by an additional six months.
In its verdict, the court said that the prosecution had implicated the accused through witnesses, adding that the prosecution had successfully proved its case by placing sufficient evidence before the court.
According to the prosecution, the police had arrested Khan and seized a weapon from him while patrolling Sharae Faisal, adding that he was detained after he couldn’t produce a license for the weapon. A case, No.642/13, under section 23-A of the Sindh Arms Ordinance was registered against him.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 10th, 2014.