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Ephedrine case: Court freezes assets of Musa, Shahabuddin

January 29, 2013

Last year, a court had issued arrest warrants for Makhdoom Shahabuddin after he submitted his nomination papers for the premiership following former PM Yousuf Raza Gilani's disqualification.—File Photo

RAWALPINDI: In dramatic developments in the Ephedrine quota case, an anti-narcotics court in Rawalpindi on Tuesday ordered authorities to freeze assets of four accused, including former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani’s son Ali Musa Gilani, and his wife Fauzia Gilani.

A judge of the special Anti-Narcotics Court, Arshad Mehmood Tabbasum issued orders to freeze assets of the four suspects – which also include Minister for Textile Industries and former Prime Minister candidate, Makhdoom Shahabuddin, and former principal secretary Khushnood Akhtar Lashari – for their alleged involvement in the Ephedrine quota case.

The judge also summoned the accused on Feb 12 asking them to inform the court about their sources of income.

The Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) had filed a petition with the court seeking orders to seize assets of the accused. The ANF had pleaded that there is a possibility that money made from the Ephedrine quota was used in making assets.