SC scolds ANF for not pursuing cases

ISLAMABAD - Supreme Court on Monday took the officials of Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) to task for not pursuing the cases of prisoners kept in the jails for years. The court also directed the ANF to produce a complete record of all the prisoners within a week. A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry comprising Justice Khaliur Rehman Ramday and Justice Ghulam Rabbani was hearing a 'time bar petition filed by the ANF. The bench expressed its displeasure over negligence on part of the ANF officials for not filing petition against Lahore High Court decision regarding one Beena Adnan, who was arrested by ANF allegedly after recovering 2-kg opium from her possession. According to details, in April 2010, LHC had acquitted her after observing lack of evidences against her. ANF filed petition in the Supreme Court against the decision but the registrar office raised time bar objection over the application. The bench observed that the government officials intentionally used delaying tactics. Chief Justice said that thousands of prisoners were kept in the ANF jails but the officials were not producing them for trial before the court of law. The bench strictly ordered them to expedite the process of trial. Under such scorching heat, one cant stay for a while in a hot venue but due to your delaying tactics thousands of prisoners were forcibly kept in jails, CJ observed. Law Director of ANF, Col (R) Akhtar Abbas and Special Prosecutor ANF, Mirza Sadaqat appeared before the court but could not defend their unjustifiable conduct. They sought time in preparation of report but the court asked them to prepare complete report till 2 August and adjourned the hearing.

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