MQM-L man among two get 21-year term from ATC

KARACHI: Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) has awarded collective 21-year imprisonment to two men in separate cases of possessing illicit weapons and explosives material.

The Rangers had arrested Afroz Alam alias Guddu, said to be worker of Muttahida Qaumi Movement-London in November 2013 and Shahabuddin in March 2017 during targeted operations. The law enforcers also claimed to have seized unlicensed weapons and explosive substance from the possession of the convicts.

Afroz and Shahab were tried separately by different judges who found both of them guilty of the offence. The judges pronounced the verdicts after recording witnesses’ statements, evidences and arguments from both sides, observing that the prosecution successfully established its cases.

The cases were registered under section 23(1)a of the Sindh Arms Act, sections 4 & 5 of the Explosives Substances Act, read with section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act.