Two men arrested for smuggling 50 kilogrammes of opium in 2013 were sentenced to life imprisonment by Additional District and Sessions Judge Sohail Shiraz Noorani on Saturday.
The prosecution counsel informed the court that Chamkani police had received a tip-off that some people would smuggle narcotics in a vehicle. Police started searching vehicles on main roads and on May 30, 2013 intercepted a truck on GT Road. Upon searching, police found 50kg of opium in hidden compartments of the vehicle. Lal Zada and Jehangir, residents of Bajaur Agency, were arrested.
The court was further told that a sample of the drug was sent to the Forensic Science Laboratory which confirmed the contraband was opium.
Upon hearing arguments from the defence and prosecution, the court handed down life sentences to Lal Zada and Jehangir and imposed a collective fine of Rs200,000.
According to Section 9 of the Control of Narcotics Substances Act, an accused would be sentenced to nothing less than life imprisonment if the quantity of narcotics exceeds 10kg.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 22nd, 2015.