LHC grants bails to Hanif Abbasi and two others in ephedrine case


Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday confirmed bails of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) MNA Hanif Abbasi, former drug controller Sheikh Ansar and Lahore Pharmaceutical Company’s owner Nadeem Zafar in the ephedrine quota case.
A two-member bench comprising Justice Sagheer Ahmed Qadri and Justice Ali Baqir Najafi approved bails of the accused against surety bonds of Rs 500,000 and two guarantors each.
Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) Prosecutor General Raja Shahid contended that the record submitted by Abbasi regarding usage of the allotted quota was “bogus”.
He said there were indications that the quota was smuggled to a neighbouring country instead of being used in manufacturing medicines locally.
Counsel for the PML-N parliamentarian, Sardar Ishaq Khan, pleaded that the record of the medicines manufactured with the ephedrine chemical and its distribution was complete and authentic.
On July 29, the ANF had registered a case against Abbasi for his alleged involvement in misusing 500 kilogrammes of ephedrine which was to be used in manufacturing medicines locally.