KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday directed secretary Interior Ministry to provide information about quantity of contraband narcotics recovered from three convicts in Sri Lanka, who were imprisoned in Karachi central prison since their repatriation after serving life term in Sri Lanka.
The two-judge bench headed by Justice Ahmed Ali M Sheikh was seized with the three identical petitions of Afzal Nadeem, Fareed Khan and Nadeem Anwar, who were arrested, tried and convicted in Sri Lanka. All three accused were given life term for possessing different quantities of contraband narcotics by the Sri Lankan court.
Later, they were repatriated after fulfilment of all the formalities and conditions of Section 6 of the Transfer of Offender Ordinance, 2002.
The counsel of Petitioner, Fareed Khan, stated that he reached Sri Lanka on May 17, 2007 and was arrested the same day for possessing contraband narcotics. He said he was given life term in the case, although no quantity of the seized contraband stuff was specified in the judgement of the Sri Lankan court. He was transferred to the country on Aug 6, 2012.
He said that he had already served over five years in jail abroad and was entitled to lesser punishment as the quantity of the narcotics was not specified.
Another petitioner Nadeem Anwar stated that he was arrested in Sri Lanka on Oct 10, 2004 and was charged with possession of 316 grams of heroin. He was transferred to Pakistan on July 30, 2012.
The petitioners asked the court to order their release as they had already served their sentences.
During the hearing, deputy attorney general Waleed Ansari told the court that office had written several letters and sent orders of the courts to Interior Ministry but till date except the evasive reply, no proper reply has been received.
The court directed secretary Interior Ministry to provide information about quantity of contraband narcotics recovered from three convicts in Sri Lanka.