SC rejected Hanif Abbasi petition against swift trial order in Ephedrine case


Islamabad: Supreme Court (SC) dismissed the petition of PML-N leader Hanif Abbasi in Ephedrine case.

SC rejected the Hanif Abbasi’s petition against the High Court’s verdict to conclude the Ephedrine case till July 21.  On July 11, Lahore High Court (LHC) Rawalpindi Branch ordered that the Ephedrine case should be resolve till July 21.

LHC Justice Abdul Rehman Lodhi, while hearing an appeal to filed by Shahid Orakzai, additionally decided that day by day procedures for the court proceedings is to take place from July 16 onwards.

Hanif Abbasi is contesting Pakistan Election 2018 from NA-60 Rawalpindi. However, he is facing charges of embezzling 500 kg of the controlled compound ephedrine. He acquired it for his Gray Pharmaceutical in 2010.

The Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) had filed a case against Hanif Abbasi and his assistants in June 2012 under different clauses of the CNS Act.

ANF authorities maintained that the substance was sold by Abbasi to opiates bootleggers who utilized it to make ‘party drugs’.

The case has been continuous in aVer Control of Narcotics Substances (CNS) Court in Rawalpindi. Abbasi and the other charged, including his sibling, were prosecuted in 2014 by the CNS Court.

At a prior hearing on April 20, according to a news source, Hanif Abbasi presented himself before the Judge Muhammad Akram Khan and asked for him to de-freeze his assets.

However, the ANF strongly opposed the plea and told the court that if Abbasi is acquitted in the ephedrine case, all his accounts will be de-frozen automatically, but it was not possible to de-freeze them at this stage.

Presently, Abbasi has also been accused of impeding officials of the National Accountability Bureau from arrested PML-N leader Capt (retd) Safdar after he was sentenced to jail in the Avenfield properties case.


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