How far police inefficiency and malice can go in Pakistan sometimes is hard to guess, as it nominated a nine-month-old infant as one of the accused of planning a murder, threatening a police team and interfering in state affairs.
The interesting yet shocking development in how police works was unveiled on Thursday as an additional district and sessions judge, Rafaqat Ali Qamar, granted post-arrest bail to a nine-month old infant, Muhammad Mosa, on charges of planning the murder, threatening of a police team and interfering in state affairs.
The court granted bail to the accused on submission of surety bonds of Rs. 50000 and summoned police in this regard by April 12. The ‘accused’ appeared before the said court while he was sitting in lap of his father, Ami.
The judge while seeing the minor showed his disappointment over the attitude and performance of police and, in no time, confirmed the bail of Mosa and other nominated accused in the case.
The counsel Chaudhary Irfan Sadiq Tarar of the accused argued before the court that, under PPC section 82 (Act of a child under seven years of age: Nothing is an offence, which is done by a child under seven years of age), Mosa khan can not be nominated in the case. He said that his little client is innocent and his nomination in the case shows bad intentions of the police department. He implored the court to grant bail to Mosa.
However, the judge did not dismiss case against the toddler as it does not lie in his jurisdiction.
The local magistrate has powers to quash the case against the child. Muslim Town assistant sub inspector (ASI) Kashif booked nine-month old Muhammad Mosa Khan, his father Ami, Irfan, Imran,Tariq and thirty other persons.
The police booked nine month old under Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) sections 324 (Attempt to commit qatl-i-amd: trying to murder with intention or knowledge) and section 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty).
The ASI in his FIR stated that he along with department officials of Sui Norher Gas raided the area namely ‘Ahta Thane-daran’ located in the area of Muslim Town to arrest people involved in gas theft. He said that, during the course of raid, Mosa Khan along with his 35 other co-accused tried to murder police party in terms of an assassination attempt by stoning them and interfered in state affairs.
Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif also took notice of registration of a case against the nine-month-old baby’s nomination in the case and sought a report from the Inspector General Police, Punjab.
The chief minister also issued directions to take stern action as per law against those police officials who registered the case.
The News has also learnt that the police authorities, while following the orders of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and in a bid to avoid further shame, has suspended ASI Kashf and constituted an inquiry committee to look into the matter.