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SC summons joint secy in arms licences case

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Sohail Khan

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday directed the Ministry of Interior joint secretary to appear before the court today (Wednesday) and apprise the SC of the status of a case regarding issuance of fake arms licences.

A three-member bench of the apex court, comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Ch Ijaz Ahmed and Justice Khalilur Rehman Ramday, was hearing a bail plea of one Shehzad Salim, who was booked by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on allegations of involvement in the issuance of fake arms licences.

Shehzad Ahmad was a contractor, who was supplying stationery items to the Interior Ministry. He allegedly established links in the ministry and started issuing fake computerised arms licences to people. Till his arrest, he allegedly issued 32,148 licences for Rs 5,000 each.

Tariq Mehmood, the counsel for the applicant, submitted before the court that three section officers of the Interior Ministry, including Abdul Hakeem Kurd, Haji Abdul Khaliq and Malik Iftikhar, who were allegedly involved in the issuance of fake arms licences, were released on bail, but his client had been refused bail by a high court.

He contended that his client was not involved in the issuance of any fake licences. He said his client was behind the bars, however, the trial had not yet started. He said the special court that was meant for cyber crimes was not established as well.

The court grilled Deputy Attorney General (DAG) Raja Aleem Abbasi at his failure to apprise the court of the matter. “You neither know the law, nor the case, then for what have you appeared before the court,” the chief justice said and directed him to come up with preparation on Wednesday. The court directed the investigating officer to bring the joint secretary of the Interior Ministry with him on the next hearing and adjourned the case.

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March 17, 2010 at 8:06 am

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