A baby boy has been charged with attempted murder in Pakistan after police and government enforcement officials raided a house and arrested the entire family. He has been accused of planning a murder, threatening police and interfering in state affairs. Clutching his bottle he appeared in court for a plea hearing concerning the charges, along with other members of his family.
The charges stem from allegations that the suspect and his family tried to murder officers investigating an incident of gas theft by throwing rocks at them as they raided his hideout, leading to Muhammad being dubbed ‘the rock-a-bye-baby’. The entire family were detained and hauled dowtown to the central police station in Lahore to be processed and charged. Local sources state that Muslim Town assistant sub inspector Kashif charged the nine-month old Muhammad Mosa Khan, his father Ami and thirty odd other people under Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) sections 324 (Attempt to murder with intention or knowledge) and section 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty). Baby Muhammad had his fingerprints taken and was quickly processed to appear at the local court, which decided to grant him bail. However, the judge expressed his inability to dismiss the case against him as it was not within his jurisdiction to do so.
Punjab’s chief minister has ordered an immediate inquiry from the Inspector-General of police, demanding swift and ‘stern action’ against officials responsible for charging a baby with such serious charges.
Only Pakistan presents itself as living in a paralell universe in this way. As for Muhammad’s wife, in true Bonnie Parker style, she went on the run in her baby stroller and was last seen leading an armed hold-up at a supermarket to get fresh supplies of baby milk before lying low.
Seriously, it makes you wonder if Pakistan aren’t actually trying to claim a world record for complete and utter stupidity!