Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz leader Hanif Abbasi is sentenced for life imprisonment in Ephedrine Quota case by anti-narcotics court today.
Hanif Abbasi was taken into custody from the courtroom after the announcement of verdict by the Judge Mohammad Akram Khan.
After the Hanif Abbasi’s lawyer concluded his final arguments during the hearing today, the court reserved its judgment.
The judge said that it will reveal the judgement in three to four hours.
Security has been on high alert on the back entrance of the anti-narcotics court. An armored personnel carrier (APC) is also present outside the court.
Personnel of the Anti-Narcotics Force and police have closed the way leading out of the court.
A day earlier, Judge Mohammad Akram Khan had rejected Hanif Abbasi’s plea to delay the trial’s deadline, noting that it has to follow orders of the Lahore High Court.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court had dismissed Hanif Abbasi’s petition against the LHC order directing to conclude the ephedrine quota case against him by July 21.
On July 11, the LHC Rawalpindi Bench, deciding on a plea filed by Shahid Orakzai, had ordered that the trial will be conducted daily from July 16 onwards and concluded on July 21.
Hanif Abbasi is contesting the upcoming Pakistan Election 2018 from NA-60, Rawalpindi against Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed. He was facing the charges of misusing 500 kg of the controlled chemical ephedrine which he obtained for his company, Gray Pharmaceutical, in 2010.
The Anti-Narcotics Force had registered a case against Hanif Abbasi and his assistants in June 2012 under various sections of the Control of Narcotics Substances (CNS) Act.
ANF officials claim the substance was sold by Hanif Abbasi to narcotics smugglers.
The case trial has been ongoing in a CNS Court in Rawalpindi.
Hanif Abbasi and the other accused, including his brother, were indicted in 2014 by the CNS Court.