2-Year Old Charged For Scamming Benazir Income Support Program

In yet another instance of incompetence and neglect, Jackson police in Karachi incorrectly identified a two-year-old child as a suspect in an alleged scam involving the use of forged fingerprints to defraud the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP).

When the child’s father, Fayaz Shah, appeared at the judicial magistrate’s office with the toddler to seek bail, the situation was revealed. The magistrate has summoned the investigation officer (IO) to testify on February 13th with a detailed report on the subject, in accordance with Section 173 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

Previously, police arrested a man on suspicion of defrauding BISP recipients by using forged fingerprints. The police also named his siblings and relatives, including a two-year-old child, in the FIR. The suspect is in judicial custody, and the others are considered fugitives.

The boy’s father’s counsel, Advocate Liaquat Ali Gabool, has expressed concern about the police storming their home to arrest the child and has asked the court to intervene.

An FIR has been filed at the Jackson police station under several sections of the Pakistan Penal Code, including 419 (cheating by personation), 468 (forgery for cheating), 471 (using a forged document as real), 420 (cheating), and 34. (common intention).

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