Rawalpindi  - Additional and District Sessions Judge (ADSJ) Amjad Iqbal Ranjha yesterday awarded pre-arrest bail to a 9-year-old boy in a case lodged against him and his family by Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).

The case was registered by FIA against Muhammad Ali Awan and his family on charges of showing resistance, attempt to commit murder, and encountering and intimidating the FIA team which carried out a raid at the boy’s home to arrest his father Muhammad Nazir Awan.

According to details, ADSJ Amjad Iqbal Ranjha granted interim pre-arrest bail to a 9-year-old Muhammad Ali Awan and ordered him to submit surety bonds worth Rs 50,000 till February 9, 2016.

Muhammad Ali Awan in his bail plea filed through Naseer Tanvali Advocate said that he had falsely been implicated in the case by FIA. He alleged that he was nominated in the FIR registered on January 27 only to pressurise and intimidate his family and father Muhammad Nazir Awan. He told the court that the case was registered to pressurise the petitioner’s family to withdraw from pursuing the FIR number 772/15 registered with police station Saddar Berooni on November 26, 2015 under section 302, 149, and 148 of PPC. The case was lodged about brutal murder of his uncle Zaheer Awan. Zaheer was clubbed and shot to dead by a group of some nine attackers early in the morning at Gulshan-e-Abad on Adaila Road, when he was going to drop his children to school.

According to the contents of FIR registered against Muhammad Ali Awan, a team of Anti-Human Trafficking Cell of FIA conducted a raid at his house located in Bahria Town to arrest his father Muhammad Nazir who was an accused in different cases of fraud and human smuggling.

The plaintiff said that the family members showed resistance to the raiding team and hurled stones at them (team) and also resorted to aerial firing. However, the FIA managed to arrest Nazir after strong resistance.

The FIA had registered a case against Ali and his other family members including his sister Aleena (13), Saeeda (40), sister of Zaheer, 15-year-old Sania, daughter of Saeeda, and 17-year-old Sajid, son of Saeeda. Interestingly, the FIA bigwigs tried to hush up the issue.

Talking to The Nation, FIA Deputy Director AHTC Tirmazi said that nothing such happened. However, Inam Ghani, Director FIA Rawalpindi Zone, on the other hand claimed that FIA had raided the house along with local police and security of Bahria Town to arrest Nazir, who was involved in a dozen of cases. He said that the team was attacked by inmates but Nazir was arrested. “The family members pelted raiding team with stones,” he said.

He added that later FIA lodged case against the attackers on the information provided by Nazir. “We had not registered a case against any child,” Inam made it clear.

Brig (Retd) Tahir Butt, when contacted, expressed his unawareness about any raid by FIA in Bahria Town. He added that all the law enforcement agencies were free to raid anywhere and they need not needed permission from any person.

A source revealed to The Nation that besides other accusations, the FIA had also started investigation against Nazir, who is said to be a doctor, for recruiting nurses for foreign countries on fake demands as he had no valid license for hiring oversees employees.