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Ex-PM Gillani's son charged in ephedrine scandal

Updated Apr 21, 2017 04:12pm


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A special Anti-Narcotics Court on Friday indicted former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gillani's son, Ali Musa Gillani, and 10 others in the ephedrine case which rocked the PPP government in March 2011.

The long-running case involves two Pakistani pharmaceutical companies, Berlex and Danas, that allegedly used political connections to obtain huge amounts of ephedrine and are suspected of diverting it to people in the drug trade who could have used it to make methamphetamine worth billions of dollars. The companies have denied any wrongdoing.

Along with Ali Musa Gillani, the accused include former health minister Makhdum Shahabuddin, health ministry official Abdul Sattar and Dr Abdul Khaliq.

Despite those accused maintaining their innocence, the judge formally charged the high-profile suspects of culpability in the ephedrine scandal.

Explore: Ephedrine scam: the case that wasn’t there

Ex-chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry had pointed out in early 2012 that Ali Musa Gillani was also a suspect in the case.

The Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) then issued a notice to Musa Gillani and one of his alleged 'front men' for manipulating the unauthorised allocation.

Today's hearing was preceded by a hearing on April 10, during which judge Irum Niazi expressed her intention to summon the accused to court if they refused to appear.

The next hearing has been scheduled for May 12, in which the accused are expected to present their arguments.

What is ephedrine?

Ephedrine, along with pseudoephedrine, is one of the main ingredients in methamphetamine, a scheduled narcotic substance.

Explore: Europe frets as cartels turn to S. Asia for ephedrine

Drug cartels often look towards countries with weak regulations to facilitate their requirement for ephedrine. According to Matt Nice of the Vienna-based International Narcotics Control Board, cartels look for a country with weak security and regulation “where you can obtain the chemicals because no one is paying attention, or it has never been a problem before.”

According to a UN report, published in 2015, "Increasing methamphetamine seizures and expert perception of high levels of methamphetamine tablet and crystalline methamphetamine use indicate the presence of a large and possibly expanding market in East and South-East Asia."

Methamphetamine, it is said, can be more valuable and addictive than heroine.


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A. Ali Apr 21, 2017 12:45pm

Pmln arm twisring move to keep ppp away as they are breathing on their neck...

M.Saeed Apr 21, 2017 12:46pm

This is a horrible scam in need of examplary punishment to the culprits, irrespective of their connections and levers attached.

Wakeel Apr 21, 2017 12:48pm

Who will tame the kids of feudals!

Arshad, Canada Apr 21, 2017 12:57pm

What took so long for the investigators' soo long to bring the case to the court? The whole family is playing with the dirty money

Mohammed Sattar Apr 21, 2017 01:04pm

Only charged after 6 years of investigation?

Waaris Apr 21, 2017 01:10pm

There seems to be some arm twisting going on by PMLN to pressurise PPP- Zardari League.

ASIf kahsmiri Apr 21, 2017 01:11pm

Excellent news - hope he goes behind bars for a LONG time - ahh the joys of life

Baber Apr 21, 2017 01:12pm

Shame, shame everywhere from our politicians and their children. And yet it is business as usual and the public will still vote wholeheartedly for them in the elections.

Asteroid Apr 21, 2017 01:27pm

Pay back time hope this time for real..

Abdul Khan Apr 21, 2017 01:35pm

Hopeless nation

UZA Syed Apr 21, 2017 01:37pm

Great! Get them all and consign them to where ought to be.

Khawaja Apr 21, 2017 02:01pm

Indictment will not go any further than that. These influential people are above the law. Although drug trafficking is a heinous crime these people will go unpunished.

ft Apr 21, 2017 02:17pm

Disgraceful people.

The end is near Apr 21, 2017 02:20pm

Too little too late.

butterfly Apr 21, 2017 02:57pm

Clearly PMLN trying to harass PPP in post Panama situation

PINK PANTHER Apr 21, 2017 03:04pm

One by one, all criminals must be brought to justice, irrespective of their political affiliations, social position or ownership of wealth or influence. The 'termite' of corruption has been eroding Pakistan at its foundations. It IS the main cause of our miseries today - including poverty, injustice, inequality - leading to terrorism and all other evils.

imran ali Apr 21, 2017 03:20pm

nothing will happen all evidence must have been erased..only purpose to dry clean him

naji Apr 21, 2017 03:23pm

Those involved are very dangerous people, either govt. or politician. No soft corner for anyone. These are as dangerous as Uzair Baloch type people.

Naveed Apr 21, 2017 03:23pm

This is sick. Why don't you leave mr gillani and his family in peace.

Princess_of_DHUMP Apr 21, 2017 03:28pm

And a few days later he will be standing on a container with Imran Khan protesting against corruption. Ha

KHALID YOUSAFZAI (UK) Apr 21, 2017 03:31pm

I am speechless. what is taught by ex PM to his kids. Now serving and future PMs will do the same

Sameer Apr 21, 2017 03:42pm

@PrincessofDHUMP PPP and PMLN are ball and chain.

umair Apr 21, 2017 03:44pm

impact of IK that one by one all the fabrics of lies told by both pmln and ppp are unraveling as we speak. otherwise if it had been these two only, new fabrics would have been woven to deceive the people

Disparate Apr 21, 2017 03:53pm

@PrincessofDHUMP please correct yourself. It's a dumpster!

Iqbal HADI ZAIDI Apr 21, 2017 03:59pm

Mabrook (greetings in Arabic) to former Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani as none but a Syedzada who is your son is accused of dealing in drugs right under your nose when you were PM. Iqbal Hadi Zaidi / Kuwait /

Iftikhar Saeed Apr 21, 2017 04:11pm

These people are the elites Hence not guilty

Dr Khan Apr 21, 2017 05:19pm

What about NS close associate Haneef Abbasi ?

Samir lone Apr 21, 2017 05:37pm

@A. Ali for you PPP supporters everything is a "conspiracy against democracy" right?

Miqbal rangoonwala Apr 21, 2017 05:43pm

Are we not committed corrupt criminal people

Omar Apr 21, 2017 05:48pm

new drama series.....what a country and it's hapless people!

Dawn Apr 21, 2017 05:52pm

Set an example with a very long term in prison.

timetostopthis Apr 21, 2017 06:20pm

Leaders and their children making hay while the sun shines. What can one expect from ordinary people when leaders and their families are shameless.

DARA KHAN Apr 21, 2017 06:37pm


Imran Apr 21, 2017 06:49pm

@A. Ali Spot on

Alba Apr 21, 2017 07:00pm

Finally. What took so long? Politicians and their families need to keep out of the drug business.

farooq shaikh Apr 21, 2017 08:17pm

@A. Ali shame on those who are trying to convert or project a criminal activity as political foul game, Zardari govt was the most corrupt and inept admin in the history of Pakistan.

Zen Apr 21, 2017 08:22pm

And yet at the end of the day, Afghans are blamed for drugs.

Nikama Apr 23, 2017 02:02pm

Yet poor will vote for them and be looted for 5 years and just cuss words at them

Ayub Apr 23, 2017 05:28pm

They are the killers of innocent people.They must be given stringent punishment.

khanm Apr 23, 2017 05:39pm

We are addicted to our thoughts. We cannot change anything if we cannot change our thinking. To top it off we are now becoming a drug addicted society as well. the slightest hope I had is gone too...