Two get 12-year imprisonment in extortion-weapons case


Karachi: An Anti-Terrorism Court-I (ATC-I) on Saturday sentenced two accused for 12 years imprisonment in extortion and illegal weapons possessions case. Judge Bashir Ahmed Khoso of ATC-I pronounced the verdict after recording final arguments from both sides.

According to prosecution, the accused, Imran Nasir and Abid, had threatened Abdul Rehman, who was running a food centre, and demanded of him four kilograms of rice food (Biryani) and Rs 5,000 extortion money. The accused also collected Rs 2000 from him within the limits of Shah Faisal colony police station. The police arrested the accused red-handed while collecting extortion money on 15 September 2011.

The court found Imran and Abid guilty of collecting extortion money and keeping illegal weapons. It awarded 12 years imprisonment to two accused in both cases, while their accomplice Parvez Bangish was acquitted due to lack of evidence against him.

The judge also imposed fine of Rs 2,000, on both accused. If the convicts failed to pay, they would have to undergo an additional six months imprisonment.

Police had recovered three pistols from the possessions. On the complaint of Abdul Rehman, the case was registered at Shah Faisal Colony police station under sections 386 and 34 of Pakistan Penal Code read with Section 7 of Anti-Terrorism Act.

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