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Sharjeel’s driver, two others sent to prison in liquor case

F.P. Report

KARACHI: A court here on Sunday sent three suspects to prison on judicial remand in a case pertaining to recovery of bottles of liquor from PPP leader Sharjeel Memon’s hospital room.

Police produced the accused – Muhammad Jam, Mushtaq and Shakar Din – before the court which sent them to prison on 14-day judicial remand.

Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar paid a surprise visit to Ziauddin Hospital in Clifton on Saturday morning where he found three bottles of liquor in the room of the incarcerated PPP leader.

Subsequently, Memon was shifted to Central Jail, Karachi and a First Information Report (FIR) was registered against him.

The Boat Basin police registered the case against Memon, his driver and two servants under Section 4 (possessing or owing intoxicant) of the Prohibition (Enforcement of Hadd) Order. 1979.

The Section 4 reads: “Whoever owns, possesses or keeps in his custody any intoxicant shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term, which may extend to two years, or with whipping not exceeding thirty stripes, and shall also be liable to fine.”

Meanwhile, Sindh Inspector General Police Amjad Javed Saleemi has set up a high-level committee to probe recovery of three bottles of liquor from former Sindh minister Sharjeel Memon’s room in Ziauddin Hospital. Sources say a committee headed by DIG South Javed Akhtar and comprised of SP Investigation South and SP East will look into the matter and submit its report within a week. The Boat Basin police registered the case against Memon, his driver and two servants under Section 4 (possessing or owing intoxicant) of the Prohibition (Enforcement of Hadd) Order. 1979.

The Section 4 reads: “Whoever owns, possesses or keeps in his custody any intoxicant shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term, which may extend to two years, or with whipping not exceeding thirty stripes, and shall also be liable to fine.”

Earlier, on Saturday Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Mian Saqib Nisar had paid surprise visit to the PPP leader’s luxury room in Zia-ud-Din hospital hospitals where Sharjeel Memon was undergoing treatment and found the liquor bottles from his room.

When inquired, Sharjeel Memon said that he had nothing to do with the liquor bottles. However, CJP had ordered to shift the PPP leader back to jail and to launch an investigation into the matter.

CJP Saqib Nisar also directed to present CCTv footage of the last one month. “Nobody will be spared and those responsible will be dealt with according to the law,” he had said. After the orders, police arrested Memon, his driver and one of his servants. The driver had told reporters that as far as he knew, the bottles found in Memon’s room contained “oil” and “honey”. Justice Nisar had also photographed the alcohol bottles and warned of consequences to those who broke the law.

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