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.”
The timing and manner of judgement of Hanif Abbasi clearly shows a discriminatory attitude towards PML-N, targeting our Party on the eve of the polls when PML-N is on the verge of winning the polls…. (cont)
— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) July 21, 2018
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.