Karachi: An anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Wednesday sentenced three men to life imprisonment in a kidnapping for ransom case.
Danish, Shahbaz and Mohammad Faqeer were prosecuted for kidnapping a seven-month-old girl, Maryum, for ransom in the Taimuria police limits on July 16, 2010.
According to the prosecution, the defendants demanded Rs0.5 million in ransom from the family of the baby, but they were caught red-handed and the girl was recovered.
The court observed that the prosecution proved its case against the defendants beyond any reasonable doubt.
The ATC, headed by Judge Bashir Ahmed Khoso, sentenced the defendants to life imprisonment, and ordered attachment of their properties. It also awarded them three years’ imprisonment each for possessing an illegal weapon, and imposed a fine of Rs5,000 each on them.
The Sindh High Court (SHC) directed the KMC and others to ensure that no commercial activities were allowed in Gulshan-e-Zahoor in the Lines Area.
Syed Ataullah Shah Bukhari submitted in a petition that commercial activities were being carried out in residential areas. He said several plot owners were using their premises for commercial activities, which created hardship for the residents of the area.
A division bench, headed by Justice Maqbool Baqar, observed that the premises in question were used for commercial activities, and directed the KMC and other authorities concerned not to allow any properties to be used for commercial purposes in the area. It also directed them to initiate appropriate legal action against anyone found involved in the misuse of properties.
The bench also told the Sindh Building Control Authority to submit a report in eight weeks confirming whether an order issued to the member inspection team-II had been complied with.