Musharraf's close aide booked for possessing liquor
Pakistani police have booked actress Atiqa Odho, a close aide of ex-military ruler Pervez Musharraf, on charges of possessing two bottles of liquor.Updated: Jun 09, 2011 15:48 IST
Pakistani police have booked actress Atiqa Odho, a close aide of ex-military ruler Pervez Musharraf, on charges of possessing two bottles of liquor.
The police acted after the Supreme Court took suo motu notice of an incident in which Odho was let off after being briefly detained by authorities at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport in Rawalpindi on Saturday for possession of liquor.
Odho was Vice President of Musharraf's All Pakistan Muslim League but resigned from the party after the incident was reported by the media.
The Airport Security Force found the liquor in her baggage during a security check before she was to board a flight to Karachi.
Instead of handing over the case to police, the ASF referred it to the Customs, who confiscated the liquor and allowed Odho to travel.
After the apex court took notice of the case, Customs Assistant Collector Sehr Yasir filed a complaint with airport police on Tuesday that said the ASF had handed over to Customs two bottles of liquor recovered from Odho.
Yasir said since the liquor's value was less than the prescribed amount under the Customs Act and cognizable by the police, the matter is being referred to police for taking legal action.
All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) spokesman Fawad Chaudhry told the media it was surprising that the Supreme Court had taken notice of "such a small issue" instead of other national issues of vital importance.
A three-member committee has been formed by APML to look into the issue, he said.
"Though Atiqa Odha has tendered her resignation, her fate will be decided after the committee's findings," the spokesman said.
First Published: Jun 09, 2011 15:46 IST