RAWALPINDI - Rawalpindi police on Thursday booked a 16-month-old kid Nadish for resisting police officials during a raid on various shops in Nankani Bazaar to seize smuggled cigarettes on Wednesday night.

The traders offered resistance and also staged a protest demonstration against the raid. The Customs officials called the police to help them seize the smuggled goods. A team of Ganjmandi police reached the site and tried to disperse the protesting traders but failed.

Later, a delegation of traders met SP Malik Karamat who assured that the kid will not be arrested and his name will be removed from the FIR. Chaudhry Tariq, who is the grandfather of Nadish, took the latter to the SP office.

On June 13, the Sukkur police arrested two-year-old Asad Mahar of Dareha village and produced before the Anti-Terrorism Court.  According to police, the child was involved in land grabbing and had demanded Rs2 million. While, the court, ironically, granted bail to the child on cash bond. A 9-month-old boy, Musa Khan, became the focus of international attention in April when the Punjab police took the unusual step of charging him along with four adults in connection with a violent protest in Lahore in February. Critics say the charges reflected the tendency of the Pakistani police to lodge exaggerated complaints against poor families.

The case against the baby led to widespread ridicule being heaped against the Pakistani legal system, particularly after little Musa was photographed crying while being fingerprinted - and he then had to be comforted with a bottle of milk.

 His family subsequently moved him out of Lahore to Faisalabad, citing safety reasons.