3 US consulate employees granted bail
06 June, 2012
PESHAWAR: Three local employees of the US consulate general were granted bail on Tuesday. The men were arrested on Monday for possession of "illegal arms and ammunition".
Judicial Magistrate Ilyas Khan ordered the release of three Pakistanis, including security guard Manzoor Ali and drivers Ihsan Ali and Asif Khan. They were booked under Section 13 of the Arms Ordinance.
The court ordered them to submit two surety bonds worth Rs 100,000 each in the court.
On Monday, the Chamkani police seized illegal weapons from the vehicles of the US consulate general after they were returning from Malakand. Later, the issue was taken with the US embassy through the Foreign Office in Islamabad. One of the accused was sent to the Peshawar central prison after he failed to submit surety bonds in the court. The police seized four repeaters, four pistols, 36 magazines and 29 cartridges from the vehicles and charged the employees under Section 13 of the Arms Ordinance.
According to sources, the judicial magistrate had sent the first information report to the public prosecutor for his opinion as whether Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act was applicable on the accused or not. However, the public prosecutor did not comment, sources added.
Senate asked to take notice of US officials' activities
Through a point of order, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) Senator Ghulam Ali on Tuesday expressed concern over involvement of US officials in "illegal activities" in Pakistan, urging the Senate to take notice of the issue.
He informed the Senate that police had arrested some US officials in Peshawar with a huge quantity of arms, adding that soon after the arrest, US Consulate General Peshawar officials came to the police station where the arrested officials were held, and took them away. He regretted that an FIR was registered only against the driver, who was a Pakistani citizen.
"Recovery of such huge quantities of arms from US officials revealed that they were involved in terrorism activities across the country," he said. The senator urged the government to probe the case properly, saying that otherwise it would lead to further deterioration of law and order situation in the country.
Through another point of order, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Senator Tahir Hussain Mashhadi asked the House to take notice of the charges against police about torture on the general public, particularly women, in protests against prolonged load shedding. On the one hand, absence of power had made people's lives miserable, while on the other, police tortured them when they protested, he said.