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RAWALPINDI: Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) Magistrate Shafqatullah Khan on Thursday issued a non-bailable warrant for the arrest of Pakistan Peoples Party’s candidate for the prime minister’s post, Makhdoom Shahabuddin for his involvement in the ephedrine case, Express News reported.

The same warrant was also issued for the arrest of the son of former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and Member of National Assembly (MNA), Ali Musa Gilani. The court ordered for the accused to be arrested and presented in court within a week.

During the hearing at the magistrate’s court, ANF Commander Brigadier Faheem and Investigating Officer (IO) Abid Zulfiqar presented a report stating they had evidence and witness testimonies proving the direct involvement of former health minister Shahabuddin and Member of National Assembly (MNA) Ali Musa Gilani in providing illegal quota of banned chemicals to a laboratory in Multan.

Forwarding a request to be an immunity-granted witness, former director general (DG) Health Dr Rasheed Jumma verified in his statement to the investigation team that it was Shahabuddin who approved the 2,500kg ephedrine quota allotment to Berlex Lab International and 6,500kg to Danas Pharma.

He added that Ali Musa Gilani pressed for the allotment of the quota as well.

The magistrate approved the request of Brig Faheem and IO Abid and issued a non-bailable arrest warrant against the two accused.


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Islamabad: Makhdoom Shahabuddin Qureshi, who has been short-listed as one of the candidates for the prime minister’s slot  by the Pakistan People’s Party  after the disqualification of Yusuf Raza Gilani, is likely to be arrested  anytime by the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) in connection with the ephedrine case, country’s leading English daily The News International reported on Wednesday.

Quoting a well placed source in the army-led ANF the newspaper said “Qureshi’s arrest is a matter of time and He can be taken into custody anytime”.

The ANF has been investigating into the drug case also involving the son of outgoing PM, Ali Musa Gilani.

The paper said a Supreme Court bench, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, had already directed the ANF to arrest Shahabuddin, who had approved the ephedrine quota. Shahabuddin is being considered for the slot together with Chaudhry Ahmad Mukhtar and Syed Khursheed Shah, with majority betting on him as he belongs to south Punjab.

it said the investigators had undeniable evidence of Shahabuddin’s involvement in the ephedrine case. “He was the man who being the health minister issued quota to Danas Pharma,” The News quoted the official as saying.

The ANF last summoned Shahabuddin in May for interrogation and he admitted issuing a quota but pleaded innocence, saying he was unaware of the purpose and persons behind the move.

Hearing the ephedrine case on June 7, the Supreme Court questioned Brig Faheem of the ANF as to why Shahabuddin had not been arrested even after it was established that he had approved the illegal ephedrine quota.

Brig Faheem had told the court that bureaucracy was creating hindrances for the ANF to proceed against the suspects in the case.


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A Rawalpindi court remanded former DG health for four days in custody in Ephedrine case.
The Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) arrested former director-general health Asad Hafeez on Friday and presented him in local magistrate s court.

It should be mentioned here that Asad Hafeez was called for interrogation in the light of statements by PM Gilani s Principal Secretary Khushnood Lashari and other officers.

Counsel for Hafeez said that his client has many a times recorded his statement before the investigation team, however, no evidence was found against him.

On the other hand, government counsel maintained that the case probe has been ordered by the Supreme Court, thus, remand of the accused is necessary in this regard and if proved innocent, his name will be removed from the case.

Talking to media after case hearing, former DG health said he has been detained over allegations of illegally allotting the quota of ephedrine for local use which was meant for exporting.

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ANF investigative officer says this is the first scandal being overlooked by the federation itself.

ISLAMABAD: The officials of Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) told the Supreme Court on Thursday that evidence is available against Ali Musa Gilani, son of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, in the Ephedrine scandal, 

Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, heading a three-member bench, inquired from the ANF on progress in the case. ANF investigation officer Brigadier Fahim, in reply, told the bench that evidence was available against Musa Gilani, and added that this was the first scandal which was being overlooked by the federation itself.

Brig Fahim further told the court that there was embezzlement worth Rs7 billion in the scandal.

On an application filed by manufacturers and chemists of being harassed by the ANF, the chief justice directed the ANF to work as per the law and not harass anyone.

The hearing of the case has been adjourned for three weeks.

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