Ephedrine quota case: court adjourns hearing till July 17


RAWALPINDI: Anti-Drug Court Special Judge Muhammad Ikram on Monday heard ephedrine quota case.

The special judge, during the hearing, remarked that along with case trial, assessing the court is also the responsibility of the lawyers.

As many as 60 people including Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Hanif Khan Abbasi and brother, Basit Abbasi are nominated in the case.

The judge said we are short of time because we have to complete the case within five days, so precaution should complete its argument first and later the accused lawyer will be given time for argument.

The court is hearing the case on daily basis on the order of Rawalpindi Bench. In the first hearing, former member Hanif Abbasi, his brother Basit Abbasi their cousin Siraj Abbasi and brother-in-law Rana Mohsin Khursheed and many others appeared in the court.

Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) lawyer Zahid Mehmood and Ephedrine quota case special law officer Obaidur Rehman were also present in the court. Initiating final arguments, ANF lawyer took the stance that the accused did not use the quota for the purpose it was allocated.

The government lawyer said action can be taken on order if a violation is clearly mentioned in the act.

The court maintained that the court treatment for every case is based on equality and it always gives equal opportunity to the accused for defence but in this case, the court has issued time frame which would need to be followed as the case has already taken too much time.

The hearing adjourned till Tuesday (tomorrow).