The Sindh High Court (SHC) has repeated its directions to the interior secretary to provide information about actual quantity of narcotics recovered from two repatriated Pakistanis following their conviction by the Sri Lankan court.
Headed by Justice Ahmed Ali M Sheikh, a bench repeated the directions on two identical petitions filed by Fareed Khan and Nadeem Anwar, who were languishing in Karachi Central Jail following repatriation from Sri Lanka.
Fareed Khan, one of the petitioners, said he was arrested for possessing narcotics substances hours after he landed in Sri Lanka on May 17, 2007. “The Sri Lankan trial court sentenced him to life imprisonment, although no quantity of the seized contraband stuff was specified in the judgment,” his lawyer said, adding that the petitioner was later transferred to Pakistan on August 6, 2012.
The lawyer argued that his client has already served over five years in jail abroad and therefore stands entitled to lesser punishment as the quantity of the narcotics was not specified.
On Friday, the interior secretary failed to provide information about the actual quantity of contrabands seized from petitioners in Sri Lanka, as was ordered at the last hearing. The bench repeated directions and adjourned the hearing for a later date.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 19th, 2014.