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Ephedrine case: PML-N’s Hanif Abbasi sentenced to life in prison

July 21, 2018
Ephedrine case: PML-N’s Hanif Abbasi sentenced to life in prison

A court in Rawalpindi sentenced PML-N leader Hanif Abbasi to life in prison on Saturday in the ephedrine quota case.

The PML-N leader was taken into custody minutes after the court announced its verdict and he is to be shifted to Adiala jail.

The court has acquitted seven other accused due to lack of evidence.

Abbasi, also a PML-N candidate for Rawalpindi’s NA-60 , could not contest election after the judgement.

Furious party workers damaged furniture and windows inside the courtroom after Abbasi was arrested.

A day earlier, Judge Mohammad Akram Khan rejected Abbasi’s plea to delay the hearing.

On July 11, the LHC had directed the anti-narcotics court to fix daily hearings for the case and pass judgment by July 21.

He is accused of obtaining a large amount of ephedrine, which is a controlled substance, and then selling it to narcotic smugglers.

Timing, manner of judgement clearly shows discriminatory attitude towards PML-N: Shehbaz

PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif said, “The timing and manner of judgment of Hanif Abbasi clearly shows a discriminatory attitude towards PML-N”.

He said that all the cases against other politicians including Imran Khan and Asif Ali Zardari have been deferred till after elections. “Only an exception has been made in the case of PML-N’s Hanif Abbasi.”

Wanted Hanif Abbasi to contest election against me: Sheikh Rasheed

Sheikh Rasheed, Abbasi’s arch rival in Rawalpindi, said the election has become one-sided after the judgement.

“I wanted Hanif Abbasi to contest election against me,” he said.

Hanif Abbasi was caught selling drugs: Imran Khan

Soon after the verdict was announced, PTI chief Imran praised the judiciary for being independent and powerful.

He said Abbasi was caught selling drugs.

“Hanif Abbasi was Shehbaz Sharif’s right hand,” he added.


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