Illicit weapon, explosive cases: Two workers of political party jailed for 14 years

KARACHI: An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Saturday awarded collective 14-year imprisonment to two men, belonging to a political party, for carrying illicit weapon and explosives material.

The ATC judge found Akbar Ali and Asif Ahmed guilty of carrying explosives material and weapon without license in 2013. The judge pronounced the verdict after recording witnesses’ statements, evidences and arguments from both sides.

According to the prosecution, the convicts were arrested by the law enforcers in 2013 within the limits of Civil Lines police station. The law enforcers had seized explosives material and illegal weapon from their possession. The court observed that charges against the accused proved without any shadow of doubt.

Both the convicts were awarded seven-year imprisonment in illicit weapon case and the same period of imprisonment for carrying explosive substance, by the ATC Judge. However, according to the judgment, both the convictions would run simultaneously and their sentence would be count from the day of their arrests.

The court also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on the convicts who will have to undergo an additional six-month imprisonment if they fail to pay the fine amount.