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ANF moves to seize assets of Shahab, Musa

Published Aug 24, 2012 03:13am


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Ali Musa Gilani, son of former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, is among the accused in the ephedrine quota case. — File Photo by Online

RAWALPINDI: The Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) has started the process for freezing the property of Textile Minister Makhdoom Shahabuddin, Ali Musa Gilani, son of former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, Khushnood Akhtar Lashari, former principal secretary to prime minister, and other accused in the ephedrine case.

According to ANF sources, the investigation team has sought under Section 38 of the Control of Narcotic Substances (CNS) Act details of the assets of the accused from banks, financial institutions and revenue offices. Under Section 31 of the act, all government and private organisations are bound to inform the ANF about their assets.

Under the act, the ANF in the first phase traces movable and immovable property of the accused and their close relatives; in the second phase the assets are attached under court directives; and in the third phase they are confiscated if it is established that they have been acquired as a result of a narcotics deal.

ANF spokesman Col (retd) Akhtar Abbas told Dawn that the tracing and attachment of the property of accused was a routine practice of the force.

He said the investigation team had initiated the process after registration of an FIR and the details of the property would be compiled and submitted to the court.

Abdul Rashid Sheikh, counsel for the minister, said the ANF could not freeze property without the court’s permission. Before issuing an order on an ANF application for freezing the property of the accused, the court must issue notices to them in order to know their version. So far, the ANF had not served any notice to the accused, he added.


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Comments (7) Closed

Azhar Aug 24, 2012 03:40am
Very positive move by the Supreme court. More such cases should pursuit. Want to see more to be apprehended and freeze of their property obtained illegally.
NASAH (USA) Aug 25, 2012 02:18am
What about Arsalan's assets?
Saad (DXB) Aug 24, 2012 10:04am
Excellent move. But like ex prime minister's guru, I am these gentlemen have already transferred their funds outside Pakistan in safe havens.
Arif Aug 24, 2012 09:57am
This is normal practice all over the world, in USA if your check is bounced they will freeze double the amount of the check till every thing is settled. ANF is only freezing the accounts and assets not confiscating or else
ali khan Aug 24, 2012 09:14am
Although I don't like Musa or Shahbaz in particular but ANF is playing not the fair. How can they investigate their assests without court approval and they are branding them criminals though not proven guilty? Insaf and Adaal a long way away in Pakistan. Thats why no sane investor should come to this country.
zulfe Aug 24, 2012 11:39am
FYI, ANF is not Supreme Court.
zulfe Aug 24, 2012 02:54pm
By freezing their accounts the investigation will not be limited to the Ephedrine case.