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Ephedrine case: LHC confirms bail for Hanif Abbasi, two others

November 01, 2012


PML-N MNA Hanif Abbasi is one of the accused in Ephedrine case.—File photo

RAWALPINDI: The Rawalpindi Bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday confirmed the bails of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) MNA Hanif Abbasi, former Drug Controller, Sheikh Ansar and owner of the Lahore Pharmaceutical Company, Nadeem Zafar in the Ephedrine quota case.

A two-member bench comprising Justice Sagheer Ahmed Qadri and Justice Ali Baqir Najafi confirmed the bails of the accused against surety bonds of Rs 500,000 and two guarantors each.

Prosecutor General of the Anti Narcotics Force (ANF), Raja Shahid contended that the record submitted by Hanif Abbasi about usage of the allotted quota was “bogus.”

He said there were indications that the quota was smuggled to a neighbuoring country instead of using it in manufacturing medicines locally.

Counsel for the PML-N Parliamentarian, Sardar Ishaq Khan pleaded there was complete record of the medicines manufactured with the Ephedrine chemical and its distribution.

On July 29, the ANF had registered a case against Hanif Abbasi for his alleged involvement in misusing 500 kg ephedrine, which was to be used in manufacturing medicines locally.