SHC calls notification that allowed licensed weapons seizure

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday directed rangers personnel to place on record the notification that allowed paramilitary forces to confiscate the licensed weapons during search operation in the city.

The direction came on a petition filed by Muhammad Nawaz who approached the court against rangers personnel for illegally seizing his two licensed weapons.

The petitioner said that rangers personnel during operation in Jam Goth of Malir district raided his house on February 12, 2014 and took away his two weapons – Russian-origin 12 bore short gun and US-origin SB 12 bore gun. He said that deputy commissioner Malir had issued him armed license in March 1995 which was renewed on expiry, adding that he got two weapons on that license which was valid for Sindh province.

Rangers personnel had illegally seized his licensed weapons, the petitioner said while requesting court to direct rangers officials to give back the arms.

Habib Ahmed counsel for rangers said that Rangers force was authorized to seize the licensed weapons during the search operation and to this effect, provincial government had issued a notification.

The court asked paramilitary force to place on record the relevant notification and adjourned the hearing of the case till August 29.

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